10 Tips For When You Have Bad News Burnout

Hey Cuties,

I’m posting about this topic for a selfish reason, but it is helpful to everyone. Whenever the news gets heavy I just need a break. I need a break from the TV media and social media. Everyone suddenly feels the need to “wax poetically” about the topic at hand.  I have bad news burnout.

What is too heavy for me, might be just fine for you.  For me, a black person is killed by a police officer unjustly. When said police offer gets off although the evidence is blatant. A presidential election becomes a total shit show.  A bunch of white supremacists take over a town with Polynesian tiki torches and someone drives into a crowd and kills someone. When 45 gets on TV and puts blame on said victims or signs us up for war with North Korea. I check out…

I believe in being informed and I will have these conversations within a safe space, ie. my home. I don’t need to discuss it on social media or prove why I feel the way I feel. NOPE! I also don’t need to dump all of this negativity into my system around the clock. I tend to run to Instagram because it’s a carefree kind of platform, no dissertations are stored here.

If you feel the same way then here are five ways I clear my head.

#1 TV: For me, that includes binge-watching something on Netflix and getting caught up on my DVR.

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Photo Credit: Claws TNT

#2 Crafts: my latest and greatest project was the shared home office. While the kids are on vacation I’m doing some work in LittleCuteLips room. I’ve got to get her closet and toy situation together.

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Shared Home Office

#3 Laugh: It does wonders for the soul. Just being silly with my girls, Babe, the kids and or the family. Tonight I got out and laughed for hours and damn it, it felt good. So good, the photographer caught me.

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Photo Credit: Alecia Renece Photography

#4 Exercise: For me, that usually means walking, because of step wars. Babe and I recently walked to check out the latest Ben’s Chili Bowl mural. I hadn’t had a chance to see it in person. We strolled the streets, chatting and taking in the scene.

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#5 Eat: Go out to dinner, invite folks over, try out a new recipe you’ve been wanting to make.  My cousins and I were long overdue a girl’s night in. For us, that means Sangria, fried chicken, and laughter.

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Red Robin – Berrylicious Ice Cream Cake

#6 Write/Read: I just started journaling so that is a great way for me to be creative and express my thoughts. Listen to a new audio book or crack the spine on a book you hadn’t made time to read. A trashy novel would be a good one or getting caught up on past MimiCuteLips reads you’ve missed.

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Marshall’s $4.99 each

#7 Retail Therapy: I love to buy things, I love to see packages delivered at my door. Yes hello Amazon Prime, Target, H&M or your favorite small business.

#8 Outdoor Adventure: Get outside and take in some fresh air.

#9 Take in a Show: Festival, Concert, Extreme Sport, Professional Games…

#10 Bein the Moment: What ever that moment is for you and then snap a picture.

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LittleCuteLips hair twinning with Dad

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What do you do to preserve your mental head space? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Exercise and binge watching are both great ways to help blow off steam after bad news. I use them both a lot.

  2. Amanda

    With all of the hate going on in the world and dealing with having the most inept leader in history, I am totally burned out on bad news. I love your suggestions to help me escape, recharge, and fight to help make the world a kind and better place.

  3. Amanda Tempel

    I so agree! These are all things that I turn to when I am having an off day, or am just trying to get through.

  4. Dogvills

    These are excellent tips to clear your head when you are having a bad news burnout. Laughing and writing work for me most of the time.

  5. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Yes i recently started journaling and I love the way it helps me process my feelings. It’s a great way to decompress after a long day.

  6. Kathy

    This is a great list. I also would go towards Netflix for something like this. It’s a great way to wind down and just relax.

  7. Jenny

    I couldn’t handle all of the bad news either and had to unfollow all of the news outlets i had followed on Facebook. I like to escape the same way. Get outdoors or watch some TV shows I haven’t already.

  8. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    This is such an awesome list. When I am dealing with bad things, the only thing I should not be doing is eating because I am an emotional eater. It can get out of control quickly. But I love the outdoors and exercise tips.

  9. Lynndee

    For me…eat, retail therapy and Netflix – Christmas movies to be precise. Hubby was like, Christmas in July is over. LOL. What can I say? I just love those movies!

  10. Tracey Crockett

    I love these tips. More importantly, I love how you kept it real in the beginning…no holds barred! Personally, I don’t even watch the news anymore and only get on social media for work. I just can’t anymore!

  11. Shannon Gurnee

    Bad news is always hard to take I think. These are some great ideas to prevent bad news burnout.

  12. ricci

    AMEN to just vegging out and watching tv. That seems to help me the most!

  13. robin rue

    I love to sit down and binge when I have too much bad news to handle. We just finished The OA on Netflix and we’re looking for a new show.

  14. Alli Smith

    I pray daily for our crazy nation! I, too, write when I need to get away from all the bad news, whether fake or otherwise. Reading also takes me away. When I get a rare afternoon off, I’ll binge watch my favorite tv shows.

  15. candy

    Crafts and cooking are just some of the ways I enjoy relaxing. Not watching the hateful news spewing crap is always a plus as well.

  16. Joanna

    These are great tips. I take a break when I’m burned out too. I try my best to rest and spend times with friends and family. It’s been a while, but when I lived at my parents I used to just rent a room, turn off my phone and enjoy “me” time.

  17. paula schuck

    That ice cream cake looks incredible! I feel you. I find the news so anxiety producing and frightening the last year or more. I also like to watch Stephen Colbert and Weekend Update show – that helps me to laugh. There’s too much sadness and horror happening right now and the hate is incomprehensible to me. Great ideas here to help maintain some stability and sanity right now.

  18. Anosa

    I love your tips especially spending time with family, shopping and laughing that definitely helps me for sure

  19. Christy Maurer

    I just can’t even watch the news anymore. For one thing, you never get the whole story and someone is always mad! I’ll live in my own little world and be uninformed and happy!

  20. Sarah Bailey

    I am so with you on most of these, I definitely eat, watch TV and retail therapy shop. I do try and stick on a film that will make me smile.

  21. Pam Wattenbarger

    It seems like there is bad news everywhere you turn these days. These are good tips for when you just can’t handle it anymore. Writing is one way I relieve stress.

  22. Lisa

    Great ideas for a mental health break. Sometimes I get dragged into a discussion but for the most part I choose to ignore and keep living my life.

  23. Valerie R.

    Love this, Mimi! The news is very overwhelming and can take a toll. Thanks for the reminder to look to the things that bring joy.

  24. Jenn

    All are great suggestions. What I need more of is #3, but what I do more of is #5.

  25. Liz Mays

    That bad news can really get you down but it’s good that you have some ways to cope. Exercise always seems to make me feel better.

  26. Anita

    Reading and writing always does the trick for me. That’s my go to when I want to vent. Also, watching an upbeat show helps.

  27. Claudia Krusch

    When things get to stressful for me I like to relax in a hot bath with a good book. There has been so much bad news in the world it can be hard to stay positive. It is a good idea to check out and do something positive.

  28. Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    I feel like bad news runs the world right now. I wish we only spoke of the positive!

  29. Sandy N Vyjay

    News burnout is something that lately happens every now and then. The best remedy that I have for this is to switch off the telly and go for a long , log walk and look up at the blue skies and the greenery around.

  30. Jaime Nicole

    These are definitely amazing tips – I love LAUGHING! Sometimes even when the worst is happening if you can just find something to have a good belly laugh about things seem brighter.

  31. Chubskulit Rose

    What a better way to burn out calories, invite friends or family and have fun time catching up, good laughs always comes when friends are together.

  32. Kita Bryant

    I hate when bad news gets the best of me. I just really like to be in the moment and enjoy my family.

  33. Catvills

    When things like a bad news burnout happens, I try to find a really silly movie to watch. Or find reruns of good comedy shows from the 70s and 80s. That uplifts my spirits. The world is just so chaotic I avoid news channels as much as I can. Its depressing!

  34. Von

    I loved this! People underestimate taking a break. I try to practice a little of that each day even if it’s just for 5minutes. When I check out I want nothing to do with negative people, no tv, no phone just peacefulness! I read, I write, meditate, workout, sometimes just lay in silence it feels so good!

  35. Chantal

    I’m in the middle of a bad news burnout myself, so all of these tips are extremely helpful. I’ve been using my own blog to vent my frustrations.

  36. Stacie

    I feel you girl, the news has just been too much lately. I like to pray when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. That and walking helps clear my head and put me in a positive space.

  37. Eva Wilson

    Man, yes. The news is sooooo bad these days. Even though truth is stranger than fiction, I opt for fiction when I can’t deal with all this truth. Great ideas!

  38. Carissa

    Yes, this Texas Hurricane is doing me a job! So I often pull back from everything and I usually do a couple of the things you have listed. I usually shop from my cellphone because if I get on the computer I start reading more about stuff that I don’t necessarily want to read about

  39. Kiwi

    Super cute tips for all these negative things going on in the world. It can be so draining but I add meditating and eat a really good healthy fulfilling meal helps lift my spirts. I will say pinterest is your friend too for more ideas!

  40. Sensaisha Nal

    These are good tips. Sometimes it feels impossible to escape all the news, real or “fake” but you’re right I usually go to the gym myself to get my heart pumping too fast for my mind to think about it


    What a super timely post, I totally agree with all of these tips! I think my favorites are binge watching tv and indulging in sweets.

  42. Kristin

    Absolutely great tips!! My favorite: laugh and eat! It truly has been a lot going on……America simply needs these strategies ASAP!

  43. Kirstin Fuller

    Great tips! I have to follow your lead and check out and do other things because I get to caught up in the foolery sometimes. Like the entire Lakewood Church issue. I can’t. I think I’ll catch up on ‘Claws!’ We need to enjoy another slice of the ice cream cake…lol

  44. Briana @ Nail A College Drop Out

    These are all really good tips and they’re all ones that I already use.
    Sidenote laughter looks beautiful on you. That photo is perfect.

  45. LaQuisha

    Journaling is one of my favorite things to do in any situation! I have many that are not written in (yet, lol).

  46. Tiffany H.

    I have started doing water aerobics and I am really enjoying. The music and the other people in the pool and keep the crowd pumped up. I really need to get my Netflix account activated, they have some great documentaries that I enjoyed watching.

  47. Ngumabi

    All these are good recommendations to clear one’s head because there is a lot of bad news going on now in the world
    I should try these too sometimes!

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