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In my holistic healing practice, I often recommend effective living strategies. I see people who have clearly been taking in too much regular news, their bodies are tense and tight, and they could really use a news fast. Much of the major news is designed to hook you by fear, so you become addicted to seeing what comes next. You are more likely to tune in again. This fear is very hard on your nervous system, adrenal glands and overall health. Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, is regarded by many as the Father of Holistic Medicine. He says:
A news fast simply means opting out of watching the news on television, listening to it on the radio, reading newspapers, or following the news on the Internet for a few days or even a week at a time. I believe that taking periodic breaks from the news can promote mental calm and help renew your spirits. In this way, the anxiety and overstimulation catalyzed by the media may be minimized, and your body will function better.
Great advice. Try it and let me know what you notice.
But wait! What if you could take in positive news? I have a few sources for you, and there are more:
- Reasons to be Cheerful. A newsletter filled with positive news, especially of people solving the World’s problems in positive ways. Subscribe online.
- Undark Magazine. A non-profit magazine “exploring the intersection of science and society”. Subscribe online.
- Nautilus. Big-picture science magazine, usually positive. Subscribe online (fee for full edition).
- Positive News. Celebrating changemakers and cultivating social change milestones. Subscribe online.
- Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. TV with 7 seasons of positive innovation news, available on several channels. Aimed for youth but fascinating for curious adults who want positive news.) Meet people who are sucking trash out of the oceans and building homes out of other trash.
- Lucky Dog (original with Brandon McMillan). TV, 183 episodes available on several channels. Trainer McMillan takes lonely dogs from shelters and turns them into happy family pets through specialty training. Establishing a basis of communication with “loser” dogs, McMillan reveals their intelligence, love, and unusual skills.
- Pet Vet Dream Team. TV, Aussie show available on CBS and other sources. Pet veterinarians save a wide array of pets and the worry of their owners. It’s wonderful just spending 30 minutes with loving, competent, positive people.
So consider the source and nature of what you’re feeding your brain and heart. Cut back on watching the news about disastrous storms and fires, wars, climate change, and any brutality. Now add positive and encouraging reporting, and notice your attitude and optimism rising. At the same time, your nervous system will be calming and restoring, and you will literally be healthier.
And that’s you: more and more Healthy Happy Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .