News Watching: A Dangerous Combination

By Nordine Zouareg.

Most of our stress doesn’t come from work or family issues but from the news. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, school shootings, crooked politicians — that’s what you are bombarded with when you scroll through the news on your phone first thing in the morning, or listen to the radio while you commute to work, or when you watch the evening news.

 Its no surprise that there have been recent reports of increasing non-war related post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) amongst the general population. Hearing about the current state of the world is enough to put anyone on edge. And with nonstop access to the news, you hear a lot more about things that stress you out than any previous generation.”

News-induced stress can have a major impact on your mental health. Researchers at UC Irvine have found that extensive, repeated engagement with media coverage of negative and horrific events was associated with more acute stress than witnessing the event in person.

That’s disturbing since those short-term stress reactions can lead to long-term mental and physical health problems. This phenomenon creates stress that can affect your work, your family life, your health, and your relationships. Don’t let it affect you. You can reduce the amount of news you watch, read or listen to. Your health and well-being depend on it.

News watching while exercising

Watching the news or any TV while exercising has a huge mental downside, too. Since exercise can help clear your mind and help you find solutions to your problems, being focused on watching TV may eliminate that valuable benefit.

According to Dr. Vijav B. Vad, a sports medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York,

listening to music while exercising has been shown to help release the endorphins that relieve stress and depression.”

— From my book Recharge 

Nordine Zouareg - Contributor
Nordine Zouareg is a Mr. World and Mr. Universe (1986 and 1988) Champion who has conducted well over 8,000 one-on-one coaching sessions with celebrities, politicians and executives. He brings three decades of experience in both the private and corporate sectors. He is an internationally acclaimed high-performance coach and wellness expert, bestselling author and speaker. He draws on three decades of diverse experience in the fitness and wellness fields, including 10 years leading the revolutionary fitness program at Miraval Resort, the world-class destination spa in Tucson, Arizona, where he led over 8,000 individual coaching sessions with some of the world’s most influential people.