SAN ANGELO, TX - Erika Walker, a producer for KBMT, is a new resident in Beaumont, TX.
A city that has seen its share of devastation from tropical storm Harvey.
"Houses submerged," Walker said. "As of right now we've had three deaths alone in Beaumont."
Meanwhile many others in Texas and around the country remain fixated on the outpouring of videos and photos of damaged areas.
Kevin Wade, a mental health expert from West Texas Counseling and Guidance, said the influx of media may have a greater affect on you than you thought.
"Watching it on TV can actually affect people much the same way as if [you] were there watching it happen in real time," Wade said.
Wade suggest putting the phone down and giving yourself time away from social media may be healthy for you.
"Being able to take a step back and not be so fixated on all those things, and 'have' to see every image and every video, is very helpful for people," he said.
There are other ways to stay informed while putting away social media.
"You can do so by reading a couple articles here and there, you don't have to watch the videos, you don't have to listen to the audio," he said.
Instead of feeling guilty for tuning out, Wade said to occupy your time.
"Do something that's going to help somebody else, go volunteer somewhere and do something that's helpful," he said.
Meanwhile redirecting your focus may help those unable to disconnect from the constant flow of information.
"I'm just thinking about others right now [and] concerned about other people that are out there," Walker said.
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