Studies consistently show that many journalists and people working in the media are stressed, overwhelmed, and burned out at some point in their career, resulting in poor health and negative attitude. With the pressure of deadlines, chasing the latest news and stories, irregular hours, travel, competitiveness, job insecurity, discrimination, constant exposure to crisis, and more, many journalists resort to self-defeating behavior, such as bad eating habits, chain smoking, drugs, alcohol, toxic relationships, and more. And sadly, the pandemic has increased the number of journalists and media personnel experiencing mental issues, short and long term due to the increased pressure and the constant demand for news; pushing them closer to the edge.
Many succumb to medical problems, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and others, as well as develop mental and psychological issues. Media personnel also tend to develop a cynical outlook, develop anger, and have poor personal relationships with family and friends.
As a journalist, I’ve experienced poor mental health, including PTSD from constant exposure to violence, tragic stories, and horrific visuals. Eventually, it affected my physical and mental health, as I became cynical, jaded, and unable to function. I was totally burned out physically and emotionally, and fell into deep depression with a constant state of hopelessness.
I couldn’t change the system and I still loved being a journalist to tell stories, so I empowered myself mentally, discovered tools I could use on a daily basis, and found a new way of looking at negative situations, and added healthy lifestyle methods to survive and enjoy my career for the rest of my life.
Don’t allow mental obstacles to hinder your talent, ambition, and dreams. Avoiding psychological issues can snowball into serious and long term medical and psychological problems. Also, preventing poor mental health is one of the smartest way to protect yourself from serious medical and psychological symptoms that could affect your health, career, and loved ones. So, it is always the right time to learn how to be mentally healthy.
With some self-care and coping strategies, that could be used for a lifetime, you can become a competent, thriving, caring, and successful journalist, editor, producer, and more. Everyone has the tools within to become a brilliant storyteller, while maintaining sanity, health, and even have fun. The bonus is that these tools and strategies will also help improve your personal life that will ultimately lead to a healthier lifestyle, meaningful relationships, and a positive outlook.
Come and learn how to become mentally healthy and become the journalist you were meant to be to help yourself and others.
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