Today's realities force most citizens to constantly immerse themselves in the space of social networks to search for news about the realities of war. This creates a flurry of emotions that constantly change from fear to joy, from sadness to despair.
Emotional swings lead to the feeling that the brain is about to explode, and then to emotional exhaustion. These symptoms are experienced by almost everyone, says the psychologist of the maternity hospital “Stork” Natalia Myroshnichenko. For LeMonade, she told how to act if the news in social networks affects the psycho-emotional state.
The first thing I recommend to do is to implement an INFORMATION DIET: limit the number of information sources and the main thing is that they should be official sources” ;, – says the specialist.
She advises to activate critical thinking and check sources of information, do not be lazy to inquire about the professional training of experts and leaders of public opinion, distinguish between propagandists and journalists.
Don't read publications that aim to elicit an emotional response. They can be recognized by clickbait headlines, posts of sensitive content, emotionally colored tone of posts. Such sources can also be used to spread false information among the population. And the main thing is to shake your psycho-emotional state, – says a psychologist.
Introduce a rule of limited news viewing.
Watching the news before bed is also not the best idea. Set aside a special time. Constant immersion in the information space does not leave time for the full processing of information necessary for your brain. In such a situation, you lose the opportunity to independently analyze the situation, form your own reaction, – Natalia is convinced.
Also, try not to read the comments, remember that discussions are often attended by “bots and trolls”, whose goal is to force us to change our opinion, and most importantly, to start doubting the strength of the Armed Forces and our VICTORY.
Information attacks are exhausting, cause internal imbalance, lead to irrational behavior, increase fear and mental trauma. In this state, we are ineffective and have limited resources to help Ukraine win.
You should sometimes arrange an informational pause for yourself, limit the use of informational “food”, pay more attention to material and everyday reality, fully immerse yourself in work, enjoy communication with loved ones. It is worth allocating time for physical health and well-being. Routine tasks and self-care will help your psyche to survive in such a difficult time when the war is going on not only on the battlefield but also in the information space.
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