World events, like the COVID-19 pandemic, can create uncertainty and a feeling of being out-of-control. Collecting information and keeping up with the news can be helpful, according to Dr. Craig Sawchuk, a Mayo Clinic psychologist. "But at some point it can actually be too much of a good thing," he says. "It’s important, whether we are on social media or regular media channels, that we establish some limits."
Dr. Sawchuk recommends people spend about 15 to 30 minutes, once or twice a day, catching up on the news. "That can usually help get you to a point where you feel informed enough, but not too informed where it can induce more stress and anxiety."
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