Earlier this month, in the midst of Pepsi’s controversial “protest” commercial, I wrote about Black Twitter’s reaction to the ad. It was light-hearted in comparison to the kinds of topics I usually cover, and writing it felt like a nice break.

Apparently, many of you felt the same—that post has since become one of the most widely viewed pieces on this blog.

I was pleasantly surprised by the post’s number of views but in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have been. Since the election of Donald Trump last November, it seems as though an increasing number of online publications have turned their focus to the importance of positivity and self-care. Closer to home, many of my Facebook friends are adopting this same mantra— more and more of them are choosing to take a break from social media and the never ending bickering that too often comes with it.

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t felt the occasional pressure to shut down my own social media and—dare I say—pump the breaks on A2A. Although the entire premise of this platform is to provide insightful commentary on news and trends, as of late, I’ve found the world to be an increasingly dark and draining place. In a world where 20 million people hover on the brink of famine while billions more look away, and where governments close their borders to refugees fleeing the very violence and extremism their own political interests cause, it can feel like the world has nothing good to offer.

The constant negativity has become exhausting. But the impact that constant adverse news can have on one’s health goes beyond mere exhaustion: Negative and violent media can cause stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

In recent weeks, I’ve found myself trying harder and harder to avoid the news, and becoming selective about the articles I read. Once my favourite social media platform, I now scroll lackadaisically through Twitter, taking care to avoid any tweets that begin with “Trump.” I’ve gone so far as to unfollow media outlets that seem to do nothing but talk about the worst and exploit others’ pain and suffering for clicks.

Despite the initial protests of my inner news junkie, I’ve chosen to opt for self-care. Rather than immersing myself in the news, I now look to consume it in healthy doses. I establish boundaries, such as limiting the amount of news I watch everyday (no more than 30 minutes). Most importantly, I now strive for a healthy balance in the media, as well as in my own writing.

The world might feel like it’s falling apart but amazing things continue to happen everyday. That famine I mentioned? Well, last month former Vine star Jérôme Jarre started a campaign to fill an entire Turkish Airlines plane with supplies to help those in need in Somalia. The initiative, supported by a variety of social media stars and celebrities including NFL star Colin Kaepernick and actor Ben Stiller, raised $1 million in just 19 hours. And closer to home, as the U.S. administration works to close its borders to refugees, north of the border, the Canadian government has admitted the largest number of refugees in a single year since 1978.

Pretty amazing, I’d say.

But that’s just According to Adrienne.

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