News reports and social media posts are available to us 24 hours a day. Do you find it hard to turn away no matter how bad the news makes you feel?

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Take steps to recognize how to deal with all the noise and consider setting limits on your news consumption habits.

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Why Do We Do This?

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Doomscrolling can feel like a hard habit to break, even when we know we should turn away. There are a few reasons why we do this such as:

  • Reading negative news gears us up to fight, whether through disagreeing with others or feeling like we can improve a situation.

  • Comparing our lives to others to learn that we have it better than others who are facing worse issues.

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Limit Your News Intake

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If you're spending too much time reading bad news, try these tips when you need a break:

  • Check the news at specific times per day, taking no more than 20-30 minutes to do so.

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  • Avoid checking in before bedtime so you can get a rested night's sleep.

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  • Turn off the news if you start having negative feelings or seeing repeats of stories.

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Set Boundaries on Social Media

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Social media drives the 24/7 availability of news, but that doesn't mean you can't use it in a way that works for you. Make your mental health a priority.

  • Unfollow pages where you're likely to see misinformation or sensationalized reports.

  • Think about what pages and people you're following and why.

  • Remove apps from your phone.

  • Temporarily turn your phone off (being "unplugged").

Read this Byte to learn how to create healthy boundaries with social media.

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What to Do Instead

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After you've reviewed your social media feeds and set a schedule for when you'll check the news, it's important to maintain your mental health going forward.

Here are some healthier habits you can develop when you need a break:

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