How do I turn off the bad news?

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How do I turn off the bad news?
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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 11:54am

I feel like I watch a lot of news, and all of it is bad! Seriously considering turning off my TV for a week. Just this week, it has been executions, wars, stray bullets in my neighborhood, moms killing babies, and so on, and so on. Do any of you ever get tired of it, too?? Have you ever taken a break, I mean, for real? No news at all? HOW did you do it?

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:41pm
Hi! I've never taken an actual 'break' from the news...but I do 'edit' what I'm listening to from time to time. What really bothers me is that there are many good news stories out there but they so seldom report them because they don't bring in the 'ratings'.

Quite often I'll just go to the webpage for my local paper & scan the headlines - that way I can decide how much bad news I'm willing to take in one day! ;)

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 1:26pm

It's a balancing act. Some days, depending on circumstances, I can handle a bunch of awful network news because there is a positive counterbalance in my personal life.

Today is not a good day. I just learned of the death of one of my husband's employees from a serious and incurable respiratory illness. She had middle-school-aged children......

I couldn't handle negativity in the news too so will probably work outside as much as possible. Nature, fresh air, honest work, the company of loved ones are all upbeat and healing influences.

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 3:24pm

J - sorry to hear that!

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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 11:27am

Yes, I take breaks from th news. We don't have a TV, so that part iseasy. But I end up changing my home page, so news isn't what pops up and I have to make sure we aren't listening to NPR in the car. I put iin Cds instead. Or we justt do u-tube critter videos. One thing we all like to watch is "Odd News," so sometimes that is the only news we watch. I actually don't think we are designed to take on the problems of the entire world. It's just too much for our psyches.



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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 11:54am

Hotlips - nice! I think you nailed it when you said that we're not built to carry the burden of all the problems of the world. Sometimes I feel like I should quit my job and move to some country whose children need saving. It just stabs me in the heart to see the suffering some days. Then I feel guilty for turning away, like the least I can do is be a witness and not be ignorant of the issues.

Then I realize that raising informed, sympathetic children is part of the long-term solution, too. :)

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Fri, 09-23-2011 - 2:09pm

Then I realize that raising informed, sympathetic children is part of the long-term solution, too*****

I so agree with this.

My niece, who was born one of most enlightened human beings you would care to meet, painted me a canvas as a wedding gift. It says "Lifes insanity is not to be taken personally." It has a prominent place in my home.

I find that random events happen in life where I can help or assist, without me going to look for it. For example: I had an alzheimers patient get in my car the other day, and helped her family find her, and get her home. I didn't seek out this opportunity to assist, it came to me. Last week, I found a mangled kitty cat and took it to the vet. He's with a foster care agency now. I volunteer in my dds classroom. After 3 years, it's really easy to see which kids aren't getting what they need (like getting their hair brushed and face washed, before school) and give them a little more (like brushing K's hair or donating my dds clothes to a family with a single mom and two girls that are smaller than her. I do small things, but do as much as I can. Kind of the "think globally, act locally" mentality. What can I do in my own community, because help is needed everywhere in the world?

My sister (my nieces mom) retired to Belize, last year ,after being a Kindergarten/1st grade teacher, for over 30 years. Her plan was that it would be cheaper to live in Belize. LOL! Instead, she is paying to put 3 different kids through school and just hired a girl, that asked her for a job, so she could pay for 5th grade. The girl wouldn't



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Mon, 09-26-2011 - 6:37am

I've turned off most of the news by simply reading headlines. I never watch the news and I haven't for years - it irritates me listening to anchors trying to convey thier bias as much as any possible "news." Instead I scan the headlines for two major papers - one liberal and one conservative. That way I get a nice representation of what's really going on and I can eliminate most of the bias that exists in all news today while pulling out the facts. National papers tend to have less "drama" as well since they sell big news - not the petty stuff that happens in the city. Those papers tend to be filled with crime and death to excite readers.

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