I work for a newspaper and I always teeter on the edge of information overload when something big happens. The worst was Sept. 11, 2001. There was nothing but wall-to-wall coverage of the event on TV for something like four days. I heard nothing but that at work, and couldn't even escape it when I came home. The same images played over and over. It was awful.
I finally just took a lot of walks and then holed up in the bedroom with the computer and played a *lot* of solitaire. Beat the heck out of sitting there and watching an unending news feed on television.