Do You Know Anything About Doomscrolling?

You don’t need me to tell you that the last few months have been a real rollercoaster, with one negative thing after another happening - each one seemingly worse than the last. COVID-19 really messed up 2020 and it’s not even over yet! Stuck between wanting to know as much as possible about the pandemic and wanting to hide under the duvet, I personally have spent hours scrolling through different news outlets, social media posts, digging myself into a deeper and deeper hole until I can’t even see the top! It’s so easy at the moment, when everyone has an opinion, every outlet is reporting official (and sometimes not-so-official) news, to keep checking for hours until you’re in a world of despair. Hence, ‘Doomscrolling’.  

What Is Doomscrolling?

Let’s get to it. ‘Doomscrolling’ has emerged recently as a new slang term to describe the endlessly consuming doom-and-gloom news. It doesn’t sound like a nice activity, but most of us do it every day. With screentime up since the beginning of the pandemic, some of us won’t even realise that it is affecting our mental health for the worse. You see that all weddings are off for the foreseeable. Children are out of school with no news on when they’ll be going back and seeing their friends. All over the world, people are dying and the news is telling you that you’re next. While some of it is useful to know, all that information can cause a constant, low-level panic that’s hard to peel yourself away from, increasing levels of cortisol and adrenaline, both of which are stress hormones and which can cause mental and physical effects on the body. It’s important to not lock yourself out of current events but there are ways to avoid the vicious cycle of putting yourself through hours of worry and sadness. Here are a few ways of getting round it...

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