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Whether it is witnessing a distressing incident, covering topics close to home or hearing people's traumatic experiences, journalists are often in a position where a story affects them mentally.

Writing for the International Journalists’ Network, freelance journalist and communication consultant Cristiana Bedei looks at expert advice and suggests seven ways journalists can cope with reporting on distressing and traumatic stories.

Bedei's tips include confiding in someone else, factoring in recovery time and relaxing with fun or cathartic activities.

“Finding enjoyment in little things – like watching a comedy, baking, doing a puzzle – helps achieve balance and offers a healthy way to decompress and escape negative thoughts,” it reads. 

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