March 27, 2020
I’ve never been one to follow the news, but amidst the pandemic of COVID-19, I can’t but read article after article. I began telling myself I had to be informed in case something came up and I needed Covid 19 Testing. What if my kids didn’t go back to school for the rest of the year? I had to read it first hand from the governor’s press conference himself.
More excuses as to why I had to check for new articles kept popping up. Now two weeks in, the realization hit me like a ton of bricks when my stomach started hurting and my energy levels were down. I wasn’t sick, but I could get myself there because I am too plugged in.
The same feelings that arose when I would get on social media were creeping into my body when I would head to our local news’ website. It’s not about being in a bubble, not aware of what is going on in the world.
I still want to have a general idea of what is happening around me, but not the play by play. That’s where the anxiety rolls in and my entire persona changes. I start to get short with my children. My phone is constantly in my hand, so I decided to get some info into addiction treatments, which you can find if you click this link.
And like that I’m putting the kibash on any news stations on my phone. Our school district has been amazing at communicating with us about what is happening with our schools. So have our activities that are in a holding period waiting to hear when they will start up again. I know about the impact of social distancing and that our state is on lock down.
Having some knowledge about what is going on in the world is okay, but for me when I know the play by play, it’s too much. I become a different person. One that allows the stories to take over and the worry to build. It’s not who I am deep down and today I’m taking a stand that this pandemic will not change who I am.
How are you letting the media influence your life?