This Fast Company article does a good job of covering the basics of how and why news can rattle us when we don’t consume it with intention: Here’s What Happened When I Gave Up Following The News For A Week
The take away is that when you are constantly bombarded with “exciting” news, you are connecting with it emotionally rather than cognitively. Your intention in keeping up with the news may be to stay informed, but if you don’t curate what you take in you can end up emotionally overwhelmed instead of informed. The fear-based state of mind news thrives on can follow you throughout your day, even when you are on to other things.
Here’s a key quote from fellow Fielding alumna Pam Rutledge:
“It’s important to leave mental ‘spaces’ instead of filling up every minute of your thoughts with news,” says Rutledge.