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The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Kristen Choi, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health assistant professor of health policy and management, about protecting mental health in a time of tragedy.
It can be hard to look away from your phone and live your life while terrible events are unfolding.
War is 24/7. There’s an unrelenting flow of images, videos and graphic updates out of Ukraine, filling social media, messaging apps and news sites. Then there’s covid, climate change, natural disasters and every new or ongoing humanitarian crisis that feels impossible to look away from.
It’s important to stay informed, engaged and even outraged. But it’s also important to pay attention to our own limits and mental health by taking breaks, looking for signs of burnout and consuming news in the smartest way possible.