Coping With News and Social Media Overwhelm

Coping with news and social media overwhelm - Episode 120 of The Slow Home Podcast

Well, it’s certainly been some kind of week, hasn’t it? And it might have been the after effects of a tumultuous, emotional few days or possibly the fact that we had to record this episode twice (no word on whose fault that is… *cough* Brooke) but this hostful gets a little emotional.

As usual, we answer some cracking listener questions about various elements of slow living, but considering the events of the past week and the subsequent media frenzy, this poggie comes at a super opportune time. We spend some time talking about the role of social media and news in a slower paced life, and specifically on how to avoid overwhelm when faced with an excess of opinions dressed as news. We also talk through some of the strategies we both use to keep oversaturation of ‘current affairs’ to a minimum.

Things get quite emotional when we answer a question about our personal Whys, as both Ben and I examine our reasons for change and what we stand to gain by choosing to slow down and simplify.

Thankfully, there are also some less emotional questions regarding books (which I am thrilled to answer!) recovering from a busy or stressful period, and the negatives to slow living.

As always, these questions got our brain juices flowing, and hopefully some of the answers and strategies in today’s poggie will be helpful to you as you continue to slow down and simplify.


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4 Responses to Coping With News and Social Media Overwhelm

  1. Hi Brooke & Ben,
    I really love your podcast, it has literally been life-changing for me. So thank you so much for the work that you do!! I liked this episode but have a follow-up question about wanting to disengage from social media/online news sites (for mental health reasons, I am American and still deeply upset about the direction our country is going in right now), while at the same time still wanting to be engaged in society. I feel like totally unplugging (which I need for my sanity right now) essentially makes me a non-engaged citizen, which is not what our country needs. I have started donating to a couple of charities whose work I support, but that doesn’t seem like enough. What is the best thing to do? How do I remain a responsible and engaged citizen while protecting my own mental health? Thanks!!
    A longer version of my dilemma here:

  2. I think this is your best hostful episode, and thank you so much for sharing your personal why and how you came about discovering it. I think it is the most powerful way, though not at all easy unless you have been on this journey for a while. Thank you so much Brooke and Ben, you both are inspiring so many lives.

  3. I have started using the forest app and it has been very helpful for ‘breaking the twitch’ (I can’t remember if it was you or Kelly Exeter who first referred to this). I also realise the number of times I reach for my phone each day (especially at work!).

    And the message telling me I’m going to kill a cute little tree is very effective (I feel so mean if I leave haha)