1. Navigating the Ukraine Crisis
This week, the world is navigating the largest ground war in Europe since World War II: Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. So, let’s take a second to pause and take stock.
First, many Americans are feeling heightened anxiety as reports of Russia’s military actions have taken over the news cycle. It makes sense: It is overwhelming, especially on top of more than two years of navigating so many additional stressors during the pandemic. We found a few tips for how to cope with the news when the world gets stressful.
The information coming out of Ukraine is also changing rapidly, and it can be hard to keep up. We looked through some of the best national and international news outlets to find the best coverage so you don’t have to. If you’d like to catch up, coverage from the Associated Press offers the latest developments as of Friday afternoon, and live updates from the New York Times come with videos, photos and maps to help you understand what’s happening. Want to know how we got here? This timeline from NPR shares some key historical events between Ukraine and Russia.
💡Pro tip: As events develop, journalists might be dealing with partial information in a confusing situation. Breaking news stories will be updated frequently. As news consumers, it helps to check back later to make sure your understanding is up to date (and you don’t accidentally spread outdated information or misinformation). Speaking of, remember to watch out for disinformation online, especially on social media sites. Websites like Snopes can help you do your own fact checking.
And most importantly, take a break! Breathe in, exhale slowly. Move your body. Step away from the news when you need to.
Shannon Mullane, Senior Editor
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It might have been a frigid 10 degrees Fahrenheit in Colorado this week, but every moment outside has been like a mental reset. We hope you take a second to tune out this weekend and tune into nature.
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