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Because of recent times, all our social media outlets, TV stations, and newspapers have been concerned with one issue—COVID-19. It’s impossible to get away from it. While the news can be uplifting (i.e., how many people have recovered), it can also be a dark place and overwhelm even the strongest of us. That is why it’s important to balance how much news you consume and consider the sources.

Our tips to help you stay informed and sane.

Don’t check the news immediately. It can take a while for facts and figures to be understood and conveyed correctly. Avoid checking the news as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed to protect your headspace.

Only read from reliable sources. Don’t take a Facebook post as gospel. Check reliable sources for the truth, such as the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

Reduce your intake. If the frequent news updates spike your anxiety levels, think about what you can do to reduce your intake. Consider turning off news alerts on your phone or deleting news apps and notifications.

Focus on what you can control. While you may not be able to completely unplug from the news, focus on issues you can actually help solve. While you may not be able to control the situation, you can control how often you leave the house and how often you wash your hands. Stay positive throughout this time.

These are some tips in which you can stay informed without feeling overwhelmed. Talk to the team at Sausman Insurance Agency for information on how to secure the right insurance policies that protect you all year long.