anxiety

Should you break up with the news?

Should you break up with the news?

Lately I’ve heard some version of this statement from several clients and friends:

I’m taking a break from the news.

I feel a little guilty, but I’m on a news hiatus.

I know I should be paying attention, but I just can’t look at the news right now.

I haven’t read any news in over a week, and it’s been good for my mental health.

I took a Facebook break so that I could get away from the news.

 

Expecting the Worst

Expecting the Worst

I excel at expecting the worst. I have a vivid imagination, and when something happens, my mind leaps ten steps ahead constructing a worst case scenario. In my twenties, I learned that psychologist Albert Ellis had coined a term to describe what I was doing. He called it “awfulizing,” imagining that things are as bad as they can possibly be.