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Defusing the Worry Bomb

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 10:09:58 AM by Rob Ferry in worry, in stress, in news, in social media

I read a story last week about workplace productivity in decline after the election. Employees are struggling to stay focused on their work. Why?

Anxiety. The American Psychological Association conducts regular polls to track stress levels and causes. The most recent poll found a majority of us are worried about the future of the country.

But this post isn’t about politics. It’s about productivity.

When we’re anxious and stressed, we become vigilant. When it comes to current events, that means checking the news and social media constantly. But instead of allaying our fears, we find more information to feed our anxiety.

The good news is that you don’t have to get trapped in this vicious distraction cycle. 

One way to keep anxiety from sabotaging your work is to defuse the worry bomb.

I used to be a news junkie, from TV to bookmarks set on my internet browser to multiple news apps on my phone. Nowadays I never watch TV news, and I’ve recently begun only reading online news about once a week. Why? Instead of keeping me informed, I find the news media distorts my perspective and creates false worries.

Financial media is especially prone to this. It seems like whatever’s happening in the economy, somebody will find reason for panic.

Take it for a spin:  This year our church is fasting and praying on the first day of every month to experience both a deeper hunger for God and the power of corporate prayer and fasting.  In February I chose to fast from news and social media.  The reduction in distraction and stress, after just 24 hours, was remarkable!  If you are a news junkie, I invite you to try this out and see how you benefit.

We can control not only the news and social media we consume, but also the perspective we bring to it. That means we can confidently tune out most of the drama and get back to the things that matter most.

Question:  What would your life look like if you were able to dial down the news and social media drama and stay focused on the work that matters most?

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