Navigating The News And Protecting our Energy - EP 75


“We tend to get triggered just by hearing things that contradict our worldview.”

—  Sara Beth Wald


Many of us want to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world today, but are anxious (and maybe even fearful) about the chaotic state of the news.


Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to stay informed without dealing with the overwhelm? 


My guest, Sara Beth Wald, is a self-professed news nerd who is passionate about helping people understand and access the news of the day with less anxiety and fear, through consuming it mindfully. 


As a former journalist and social worker, she’s ideally trained for this sort of work!


The truth is that many news sources are more interested in selling to us than in keeping us informed, and the information that we’re given is often calibrated to suit a specific target audience.


And it can be hard to figure out where the truth lies!


“There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. So a lot of what I do is teach people how to trust their own judgment,” Sara says. “I think a lot of times, especially as women, we have a tendency to feel like we need somebody else’s input, somebody else’s expertise. And that’s really just not the case. We are smart, we are capable, and we are certainly able to come to our own conclusions.”  


In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌ ‌

  • The health impacts that the news can have on people — especially introverts and empaths
  • Why the current business model and editorial focus of the journalism industry is harmful  
  • Techniques for approaching news sources critically and creating distance when necessary


About Sara Beth Wald: Sara Beth Wald helps smart, busy women consume the news with mindfulness so that they can navigate these chaotic times with boundaries, accountability, and grace. 


Highlights:‌ ‌


00:01  Intro & listener review


02:24   ‌Meet Sara Beth Wald


03:40  Background & journey 


05:13  Dealing with the news


06:12  Why news impacts our mental health


08:47  Vaccine example ‌


09:43  Diversify sources & identify bias


11:49  You are being sold to, not informed


12:56  How news affects our minds & bodies


14:14  Mental health break


15:41  Most common challenges


18:16  Cultural distinctions & disagreement


19:55  Navigating the News With Mindfulness


23:02  The Serene Holiday Summit


25:48  Takeaway


00:00  Lightning Round questions



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