Tuesday, 1 May 2018

News induced angst

I used to feel anxious in the mornings - a mild existential dread that got steadily worse for the first hour of the day. Upon reflection of the possible causes I narrowed it down to too much morning news.

I woke to news bulletins from my radio alarm. I checked news apps on my phone in bed. I had toast whilst listening to more radio news and reading news websites on my laptop, and become infuriated by readers' comments. I was accompanied on my drive to work by ill-informed radio phone-in contributors and reports about car crashes and traffic jams.

By the time I got to Lerwick I’d be feeling pretty crabbit with a head full of worrying and often irrelevant information that I didn’t have time to process. It was just gloomy mind spam.

So I decided to cut news out from my mornings and the results were immensely positive. The house was filled with serene silence that gave me time to get my head together and look forward to the day ahead. The commute was rich with orchestral music, and externally induced angst was replaced by contemplative contentment.