NPR offers '5 ways to cope' for Americans triggered by the stress of reading about Ukraine

"When you don't have all the answers, it's OK to look for what you can control and seek comfort where you can."

Nick Monroe Cleveland Ohio

The publicly-funded National Public Radio (NPR) on Friday ran a story that gave their audience tips and tricks on how not to get overwhelmed with reading about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

"Here are 5 ways to cope," NPR said in their tweet.

The American outlet's advice boils down to basic lifestyle tips that'd generally apply, even if Russia didn't invade Ukraine this past week.

NPR instructs readers to breathe, using the four-second inhale, eight-second exhale strategy that's commonly used.

"Get moving," NPR recommends. The outlet says it's important to remember to exercise and not sit at the computer 24 hours, seven days a week.

"Nourish yourself," NPR advises, reminding readers to eat.

"Stay connected," NPR says, emphasizing that right now is a good opportunity to reach out to family members and touch base with them.

"Sign off," NPR advises readers to turn off their computers and step away from reading the news all day.

The fact that NPR's greatest hits in recent weeks included a SCOTUS mask mandate gaffe, alongside a conversation about emojis and racism, the war in the Ukraine might be much more than what their readership is used to.

As a contrast, NPR's British counterpart, the BBC, had one of their staff write a blog about how they escaped Kyiv before the Russian invasion.

It's not just NPR readers who are going haywire, though; world leaders reacted with shock over Putin's recent decision making.

Russian President Putin himself recently declared the Ukrainian government was "a gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis." The general mood of the Russian government is that relations with the United States are rapidly approaching a "point of no return," according to the country's foreign ministry.

"This might be the last time you see me alive," Ukrainian President Zelenskyy told European Union leaders in a conference today. He also posted a video to social media showing him and others in the streets of Kyiv, vowing to defend the city from Russian aggression.


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