I try not to take in too much stuff I can’t process.
I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post ‘Why Do We Watch the News?’ Personally I don’t watch the news much because:
– It’s predominantly bad news and it makes me depressed
– Say I watch the main 6 o’clock news on the BBC. Bad news from around the world. Most of the stuff I see I can’t do anything about. It’s mostly outside my sphere of influence, geographically, socially, culturally. I’m left feeling not only depressed but also powerless and potentially with a lingering guilt/shame as I sit in relative comfort and contentment. Where I can make a difference is closer to home and that’s where I focus my energies.
I’m careful to look after my psychological wellbeing. As an artist I want to be confident the stuff I’m putting out there isn’t an expression of a negative or unduly troubled state of mind.
Hope this is helpful.