At the beginning of the year my husband and I decided to get rid of TV. We realized we were only watching the news in the mornings and some kid shows here and there. We decided to keep some streaming services and resume TV once college football started back up. Even though I didn’t watch much live TV to begin with, not having it felt strange for some reason. I had enjoyed my morning routine of coffee, news, and play time for the boys. It has now been over six months and I have realized that not having that hour of news in the morning has made a huge difference in my mental health, especially with everything that has happened this past year.
I wanted to share what I have realized by not watching any type of main stream news (still will read articles to keep up) over the last half year. These are just personal reflections, so take them with a grain of salt. Do you still watch the news? I would love to know!
- You are consuming what they want you to consume… it is hard (if possible) to truly find non-biased sources now days.
- For every side to a story, there is always another. It is good to learn both and to be able to think critically and form your own thoughts/opinions.
- There is constant negativity/fear being thrown at us. This is the mindset I would be in starting my day…
- Stories are on repeat day in and day out so those thoughts/feelings start to become at the forefront of our minds.
- News outlets are constantly reviewing analytics and recognizing what increases watch time and what doesn’t just like any business would.
- Many people take stories or information as the end all be all without asking a single question. Why is that?
I am so thankful that I stepped away from constantly consuming main stream and had time to shift my mentality and get in a better head space. I am not against the news, I just had the time to reflect and notice the change in my personal life!
As always, sending light and love.