How to Deal With Traumatic News

October 6, 2017

As news of the Las Vegas shooting was reported, I felt immediate sadness and shock. When we read about violence at this scale, it is difficult to understand how someone could possibly commit such an act of horror. While we do want to stay informed of current events, it is crucial for us to be aware of how, exactly, we are spreading the news. Traumatic news can have an impact on your mental health, so make sure it’s not negatively impacting you.

 

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Here are some tips I found from Allure that can help you cope with the recent news.

 

1.Take some time away from the news

It’s easy to find yourself watching the news a little too long, or reading too many articles, so take breaks from the coverage. Clinical psychologist Vivien Lee recommends limiting your reading or watching coverage of an event to only 10 to 15 minutes per day during the days that immediately follow a troubling event. Limiting this time can give you time to do more typical things, like eating a meal, going to work or class, and talking to family and friends.

 

2. Find some positive stories of people who are helping

Even in times of chaos, there are always people who found a way to help. Many of the concert goers who were not wounded made it their priority to help those who had been wounded. Other people have been donating blood because of the increased demand. There are good people in the world, and it’s comforting to find them within these awful situations.

 

3. Donate or Volunteer at your favorite organization

Sometimes when we see people suffering, we can feel like the issue is too large for us to contribute to. One of the best ways for you to have impact is to help out locally. There might be a local organization for you to donate to, or an after school program you’d like to volunteer for. Although you might not be able to directly help those affected by the event, you can still spread some good in the world.

 

Olivia Pandora Stokes is 21 and entering her senior year as a business administration major, with a marketing concentration. She has a love of words, Netflix, and reading.She takes her coffee strong (Harvard scientists insist it's healthy for you) and her feminism intersectional. In the future Olivia Pandora plans write more and use business to create a positive impact in the world.

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