Less cable news, more hot tub & sauna time
After my post this week on social media, I was forwarded an article about the effects of watching national 24-hour cable news. Guess what? It appears that watching non-stop news—most of it negative—makes us anxious and sad. A study on this very topic was conducted over 20 years ago. I’m making an educated guess that what was negative on the news back in 1997 has nothing on what we end up seeing on the news today.
What’s more, researchers concluded that watching negative news not only make you feel more anxious and sad, they also impact the way you perceive your own anxieties and worries in your personal life. Yet another study cited in the Harvard Business Review determined that when people watch just three minutes of negative news at the start of their day, they were 27% more likely to say their day was an unhappy one. Comparatively, another group that watched positive news that focused on positivity and resilience had a completely different outlook.
This information still resonates today. In fact, it caused one chain of gyms to end national cable news networks playing in their facilities. Many of the members of Life Time Gym in Minnesota complained to the company that the onslaught of negativity from the news also had a detrimental affect on their workout. One member was quoted as saying, “The gym is no place for constant negativity like the news chains love to surround themselves with.”
Well…guess where this is going? Yep, you guessed it: I think we should all take note and choose to ditch morning cable news watching and instead take that time to start our day in a hot tub or sauna. Not only will it shield you from the onslaught of doom and gloom broadcasts, it will give you a mood boost for your day. That’s because both hot tub and sauna use promote the production of endorphins, your body’s natural feel good chemical. What better way to get your day started than some quiet time and some good mood elevation?
Get a good night’s sleep, leave the TV off, and head to your hot tub and sauna to start your day off on a positive note.