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Stop living by the news: Information hygiene as a key to psychological well-being

We live in a world where information can either be a source of knowledge or a toxin for our mental health. How can we learn to filter it to maintain inner peace and productivity?

Information hygiene is a systematic approach to managing the flow of information. Just as we care for the cleanliness of our bodies, we should care for the «cleanliness» of the information we consume. This means making conscious choices about sources and carefully selecting content.

How do propaganda media work?

Propaganda media and manipulative information sources skillfully play on our emotions. Take, for example, news about tragedies. They evoke fear and anxiety, making us continuously refresh pages in search of new details. We feel that by doing so, we are keeping the situation under control, but in reality, we become hostages of our fears.

Another example is bloggers and media outlets that attract attention with loud, emotional posts full of outrage and anger but devoid of factual basis. Such publications stir up a storm of emotions, drawing us into useless and exhausting discussions. This distracts us from truly important tasks and damages our mental health.

How to maintain information hygiene

To protect yourself from information overload and preserve mental health, it is essential to apply several simple yet effective rules.

Critically evaluate every news item and fact you encounter. Try to avoid emotional manipulation and do not fall for provocations that can distort your perception of reality. It is important to remember that emotionally charged information is often used for manipulation, so always check facts and sources.

Another aspect of information hygiene is maintaining your own informational cleanliness. Do not forward negative news to your friends and family if you are unsure of its accuracy. Emotional comments written without prior fact-checking can harm not only you, but also your surroundings. Remember that your actions in the digital space have consequences and can amplify anxiety and negative emotions in others.

Information security also plays a crucial role in maintaining information hygiene. Avoid suspicious websites that may be sources of misinformation or harmful content. Never share personal data online, whether it's your name, phone number, or information about your education and worldview. This will protect your privacy and reduce the risk of cyberattacks.

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How to read the news and stay focused on what matters

Limit the time you spend reading the news. For example, read it only in the morning and evening, dedicating specific hours to this. Choose a few reliable sources and do not overload yourself with information from numerous channels. If you are just starting to understand a topic, use multiple sources to get a full picture.

Do not forget about «clean» hours — times during the day when you completely disconnect from the news. This helps maintain mental health and focus on truly important tasks.

Always monitor your well-being. If the news causes you anxiety and stress, take a break. Consult a psychologist if necessary and take time to restore your mental state.

Information hygiene is the key to maintaining psychological health in the modern world. A conscious approach to consuming information helps us stay calm, focus on truly important things, and improve the quality of our lives. Take care of your mental peace and be mindful of what you read and how it affects you.