The Art of Ignoring
March 17, 2020 | Gary Knighton
If I get one more notification about COVID-19, I'm going throw my phone in the garbage!

I have received more emails and news updates about the Corona Virus than I can count over the last 24 hours. These click-bait, moment by moment, news flashes are getting to be too much!

I mean, don't get me wrong it is necessary and wise to well-informed so you can make the best decisions possible. Things are changing rapidly, and staying up-to-date is essential.

However, in the same breath, you have to also to do what is best for your sanity. The virus of fear and panic that these constant messages may transmit are far more dangerous than COVID-19.

The media outlets are not going to let up or slow down because they thrive on this type of uncertainty and chaos for ratings, so you have to filter out the noise for yourself.

You have to learn to practice the art of ignoring! Sometimes the only way to preserve your peace is to learn to cancel out the voice around you that robbing you of your tranquility. With our phones glued to our eyes it is hard to get away, but I have some solutions that might be helpful, and you don't have to throw your phone in the garbage!

As promised here they are:

  1. Turn off your banner notifications for the news apps that are sending you an unreasonable amount of updates. You won't miss anything. The alerts will still pool up in the notification center and on your lock screen for you to view when you are ready.
  2. Set an incremental time-frame in which you check on the updates and information about COVID-19. Maybe check once every 2 or 3 hours. Choose whatever time that works for you.
  3. Do life! Take a walk, read a book, pray, dive into your hobby, call a friend, or maybe even finish your honey-do- list. The more experiences you create, the easier it is to ignore the media onslaught we are currently enduring.

By no means is this list exhaustive, but I believe its a start in proactively protecting your sanity.

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