It’s easy to despair over the ever-burning tire fire that is the news today. But it’s possible to stay on top current events and still take care of yourself
Because I work in a newsroom, I am often asked The Question: How do you keep up with every twist and turn of the chaotic news cycle without being completely bummed out and overwhelmed?
My answer is not a popular one at parties, but it’s the truth: I shut it off—and as often as I can.
It’s not the answer expected of journalists, but I’m hardly alone in this. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a renowned advocate for feminism and gender quality, turned some heads when she told a conference crowd about a useful tool in the arsenal of activists: switching the news off.
Commenting on the unfolding story of families separated at the border in the US, Adichie said, “It’s just been…