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?
Take steps to recognize how to deal with all the noise and consider setting limits on your news consumption habits.
Why Do We Do This?
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.
Limit Your News Intake
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.
Avoid checking in before bedtime so you can get a rested night's sleep.
Turn off the news if you start having negative feelings or seeing repeats of stories.
Set Boundaries on Social Media
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.
⚡Test your knowledge.
Olivia wants to have a better news experience on social media.
Which of these people should Olivia follow for reliable information?
What to Do Instead
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:
Practice self-care, such as getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep
Reconnect with family and friends
Engage in more positive activities (hobbies, listening to favorite music)
Create digital boundaries to improve relationships
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