Stop This One Small Habit to Have a Healthier, More Peaceful Mind

Your mental health will improve when you stop consuming a lot of news

Darius Foroux
4 min readOct 1, 2023

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Almost every day, the news reports about a different type of imminent apocalypse.

Call it the “apocalypse du jour.”

That might seem funny, but all that negative news does scare us.

One day it’s economic collapse, the other day it’s a natural disaster, then it’s political instability.

You can’t escape it. And we should all be afraid of the end of the world.

While you and I both know that we don’t control the thing we hear and read about in the news, we still get anxious.

That’s why it’s important to take action in our own lives and protect our sanity.

One small way to do this is by quitting a useless habit.

The key to a peaceful mind: Avoid irrelevant information

Consider this: How much of your day is spent absorbing information that you won’t use or that doesn’t resonate with you on a deeper level?

Think about the daily news reports of local crimes, the constant flow of updates on social media, gossip about celebrities, reality TV shows. The list is endless.

In this era of information excess, it’s easy for your life to become cluttered with irrelevant or unnecessary data in a flash.

The reason for that is simple: Keeping your attention for as long as possible is the key to these news outlets and tech companies.

They make a good chunk of money from advertisers. And advertisers make a lot of money when they capture a lot of eyeballs. It’s also easier to sell to people who feel helpless and fearful. The messaging of their products is a loose variation of: “Just buy X and your negative feelings will go away!”

They didn’t have traditional advertising back then. But Epictetus’ words from thousands of years ago still rings true today:

“Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who…

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Darius Foroux

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