But you do have a choice on other things you let in your life – call it a filter. Things happen in this world – awful things – and the media is all over them. When something bad happens it's all over television, radio (even social media). This is avoidable. You can build your own filter. You can choose what to listen to and what to avoid. Most recently I noticed the death of Robin Williams – it was everywhere. Yes, I needed to know he died and perhaps even that it was a tragic death, but beyond that I didn't need the details. And I didn't need to hear it over and over again. So I changed the channel, the station, and skipped by the posts that repeatedly reported on his death. I chose not to let that upsetting information into my mind.
A friend of mine – who more and more I think is very wise – chooses not to watch or listen to any media news reports. He watches no news on television, doesn't listen to it on the radio and does not read any newspapers. At first I thought this was odd, but now I think it's genius. He keeps negativity out of his life and it helps reduce his anxiety and control depression. There really isn't that much good news that he feels he's missing. Perhaps the news doesn't upset you – it does me – but if it does, you may want to consider applying a filter of your own.