These days, it seems like there’s more bad news than good and with mini computers burning a hole in our pockets, it’s easier to have access to information about all of the injustices occurring across the globe.
Doomscrolling, the latest term to describe our habitual survey of distressing information, is unfortunately something we all do. "A person who is 'doomscrolling' often continues to engage with the information even after they've learned much more than they would reasonably need to know about the topics they are scrolling through," says Jacob Fisher, PhD, assistant professor of advertising at UIUC in an interview with Insider.
When there are so many things happening in the world, it can be extremely exhausting to engage, especially when other responsibilities are weighing on us. Going about our daily lives can lose meaning and purpose when we feel like everything around us is crumbling. While it is important to stay abreast of current events, enduring a daily onslaught of upsetting content inevitably wreaks havoc on our mental health.
Being fully present and immersed in the present and amplifying small joys can be a powerful antidote to the emotional hangover doomscrolling can cause as it is equally as crucial to cultivate a state of peace in these chaotic times. Continue scrolling to learn tips and tricks to combat doomscrolling.
Create a gratitude list.
Writing down the things you’re grateful for, whether it be having a warm bed or an exciting event on the horizon can pull us back into the present moment and remind us of how many good things there are in our life.
Spend time in nature.
The earth’s expansive beauty does too good of a job at reminding us of the bigger picture. Going for a hot girl walk or taking yourself on a picnic can help you tap into your senses and relax your mind.
Surround yourself with people.
The global pandemic as well as other events have truly solidified how social human beings are as creatures. While learning how to enjoy being alone is important, there are some voids that just can’t be filled and spending time with those you love can truly fill your cup, reminding you of all the joys and adventures the future has in store for you.
Volunteer and give back to your community.
There are many systemic issues that cannot be solved by frantically scrolling through CNN. Being active in your community and working alongside like-minded people to clean your local park or help out your neighborhood Planned Parenthood can not only help you realize that there are other socially aware, good-hearted folks out there, but that the revolution is a grassroots effort.
Channeling your emotions through art or a hobby can be a wonderful way to shake off the Sunday scaries. When life starts to feel overwhelming and things are crashing down, picking up a paintbrush or pen can be extremely cathartic.