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Coping with COVID-19 – Tip of the Week

Sonia Lim 21 Oct 2020

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay well informed about what is happening in your home, community and even around the world. However, consuming too much news about COVID-19 can be unhealthy, particularly if it includes fake or misleading news.

Fortunately, there are things that can help you sort fact from fiction. The SIFT technique can help you filter and assess the news you consume, meaning you can stay well informed while protecting your mental health.

It involves following four simple steps:

❌ Stop and think before you take anything as fact.
πŸ€” Investigate the source – who is providing this information?
πŸ“Ί Find better coverage. Cross-check the information with trusted sources.
πŸ”Ž Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context. In other words, click back to find the original source of the information.

Gaining a sense of control over what you consume and limiting your exposure to unhelpful and/or untrue information may help support your mental health during this challenging time.

For more tips on coping with COVID-19 visit https://rfbi.com.au/coping-with-covid19/

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