How To Cope When Bad News On Social Media Gets Overwhelming

It can feel overwhelming, suffocating even, that you can't get away from the news.

Sometimes it feels like there’s bad news coming at you from everywhere. The last few weeks especially have seemed like too much.

Yesterday news broke of former Love Island host Caroline Flack’s death at just 40. Only a couple of weeks ago we heard the devastating news of Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. His daughter, Gianna also lost her life in the accident and was only 13.

We are more connected to what’s going on in the world than ever, since yesterday our social media feeds have been flooded with emotional tributes, news articles and pictures of Caroline Flack in the wake of her death.

While we don’t know these people personally, the death of a celebrity can still affect us emotionally.

It can feel overwhelming, suffocating even, that you can’t get away from the news.

This isn’t necessarily good for our own mental health, and you might find yourself getting into bed at night and scrolling on and on through the bad news.

Sometimes when a sad story like this hits the headlines, the best thing to do is take a step back. And if it’s feeling too much, there is lots to you can do.

Don’t Be Afraid To Log Off

Turn off the phone, or at least leave it in another room. Take some time to spend with your friends and family, walk your dog, bake something or watch your favourite film. Don’t do the mindless scrolling, re-centre yourself with stuff you love to do and if you really have to use your phone?

Switch To A Fun App

Try to engage with apps like Tik Tok, You Tube or Pinterest which aren’t as full of news, and provide more fun content, to disengage from the bad news cycle as much as possible. Obviously you can’t avoid this completely, if you use Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you’re going to see people’s heartbreak and tributes to those lost. Just don’t let yourself get sucked in, take some time out and look after your own head first.

Talk To Someone

Above all, if you do find any of this news too overwhelming or upsetting make sure you talk to someone.

You can talk to friends and siblings about feeling down, and make sure your parents or guardian know that it’s getting you down.

If the negative feelings seem to come up a lot, seeking professional help with the help of an adult could be the right step.

If you’d like to talk to a professional right now, there are lots of helplines you can call or text.

Childline: 1800 66 66 66 or 50101 or use their live chat.

Samartins: 116 123 or email them here.

Pieta House: 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444.