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Toxic Television

Posted by cyndyadeniyi on March 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Every so often the news of the day takes on a particularly unhealthy tone. The death and distruction of day to day life in certain parts of the world can cause significant distress to those who are trying to be good citizens by staying informed. I call this Toxic Television because of its ability to fill our minds with such negativity we are unable to function as we stress about life. How can we both stay informed and still sleep well at night?


  1. Take your worries to the Lord in prayer. Sometimes the evening news is a catalyst for prayer. Imagine the power of thousands of believers petitioning the Lord over a situation on the news.
  2. Get news from the radio instead. The graphic images seen on television reenforce the depth of the horror victims face when there is a war, natural disaster, or other mass loss of life. Allowing one's own imagination to create the images results in less horrific images for most, thus reducing the likelihood of stress. 
  3. Consider a temporary television fast. It is important to be informed. That is part of being an educated voter and a contributing member of the community, but if watching the news is causing you to lose sleep or your appetite, maybe it's time to take a break. 
  4. Let the news inspire you. There is so much that needs to get done. If crime or drugs or terrorism are bothering you, perhaps it is time to prayerfully consider what your contribution to the solution needs to be. 
The stress from Toxic Television is 100% preventable, just turn it off. For the person who really needs to get their news from television, during times of world chaos, it is important to be mindful of the impact television news may have on our lives. 


Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health

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