One easy way to reduce stress is to get serious about a news fast. Â Am I talking here about getting a little taste of what is up in the world every day? No! The idea here is to go cold turkey on watching, listening or even reading the news.
I have Rita’s permission to post her email to me today. Rita reflects on her own experience with getting serious about her own news fast. Â Most news does not reduce anxiety. It fuels anxiety. Â If you are serious about finding ways to reduce whatever symptoms of Parkinson’s disease you might currently be experiencing, I recommend Â you consider giving a news fast a trial run.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Regarding last week’s mindfulness challenge to take a news fast, I decided to do that. Â Our ministers in Self-Realization Fellowship, our church, have reminded us from time to time to read and listen to much less news. Â So after reading your challenge, I realized that I was actually ready to do this.
I don’t listen to the radio except for classical music 20 minutes per day while I ride the stationary bike and we don’t even have our TV connected to watch it.Â Â My news addiction is to the newspapers which I have been reading for over 60 years. Â We subscribe to the San Diego TribuneÂ and LA Times. Â My routine is to sit down to breakfast every morning with the sudoku and then to read the newspapers at each meal. Â Russ and I both did this every meal. Â What a deep ingrained habit!
I cancelled both papers yesterday. Â I realized that there is no way I can escape knowing what is happening in the world so I don’t have to worry. Â Sudokus I can print or work online for free.
It already feels great – a lightness and sense of escape from a daily subconscious burden of getting the papers read before the end of the day. Â Hardly anything in the papers is anything that is important for me to know. Â It’s a relief not to have them coming anymore, even to picking them up in the driveway and recycling them all.
So I am grateful for your challenge; I was ready and it was the final prod I needed to give up the daily barrage of news. Â Plus we will save $70 per month. Â Thank you for all the mindfulness e-mails; they are all beneficial whether I can actually implement them or not at the moment.