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A Solution for Keeping Up With the News Without Losing Your Mind

Remember when the presidential debate was the biggest news story of the week? Or, perhaps, the president’s tax scandal? In this uncanny valley version of reality, with the WTFs coming at you at a steady clip, there’s not much to do but laugh, sigh, sob, and devise a strategy for keeping up with current events without going completely bananas.

One solution comes from The Little Book of Life Skills by Erin Zammett Ruddy, with input from the journalist Jenna Lee. The next time you run across yet another jaw-dropping headline, pause and ask yourself: “What’s the bigger picture here?”

“If you can’t answer that question,” writes Zammett Ruddy, “the article is probably not worth your time. Don’t get caught up in the noise or the infighting.” Considering the bigger picture is also key for making sense of, well… [gestures broadly].

If you’re looking for general coping mechanisms, we’ve got you there, too.

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Kelli María Korducki

Kelli María Korducki

Writer, editor. This is where I post about ideas, strategies, and the joys of making an NYC-viable living as a self-employed creative.