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Beware of Over-Exposure to News Media

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

Mental health & well-being are more critical now than ever before. They are so important that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar specifically referenced them in his address to the nation on Tuesday night saying: Please take regular breaks from watching news and media, and from consuming social media. Constantly scrolling on your phone or obsessively following the latest developments is not good for anyone. Look after your mental health and well-being as well as your physical health.

It is prudent to limit your media exposure and probably best to get your headlines in the morning and again in the evening. Leave plenty of time for other pursuits such as a new hobby, some work around the house you've been meaning to do, phsycial exercise, meditation or an online course given there are plenty of those available now! Try to maximise this period in any creative and innovative way you can.

UCC-HR have highlighted that the HSE has an excellent webpage, Minding Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Link:

I am very interested in the area of mental health and well-being and the need to build resilience, determination and grit during difficult times and I will be posting more on that over the coming weeks. In the meantime, be kind to yourself agus tóg go bog é.

* UCC-HR = Human Resources Department, University College Cork, Ireland

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