you must stop “doom scrolling”

you must stop “doom scrolling”

I just stumbled upon the term “doom scrolling” online today. If you haven’t heard of it, it basically represents the human behavior of scrolling mindlessly through the posts on social media to see what negative stories are dominating the day’s news. A majority of us fall in this trap and keep doing this, especially now more than ever. 

But do you think constantly checking your phone to get bits and pieces of sad and depressing news is good for you? Of course, not. It drives you to live in a constant state of fear, anxiety and stress throughout your day, and when done every single day, it can build up over time and significantly deteriorate your health, your productivity and your holistic success. 

“Scrolling is the new smoking.”

— The Minimalists

This is Thanksgiving week and keeping the above-mentioned perils of “doom scrolling” in mind, I challenge you to turn off or massively cut down the time that you spend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tiktok, etc. and instead focus on the wonderful things happening around you and in the world… on yourself, your wants and your needs and what things you want to accomplish and experience in the coming weeks…  and of course, on your friends and your loved ones that you plan to meet either in person or online this week.

Make this week about positivity and thankfulness and combat the pull towards negativity by driving your focus and attention towards things, activities, and conversations that matter the most to you. 

And if you want to go one step further, take this free 72-hour challenge to strengthen your gratitude muscle for now and for the future that awaits us (my gift to you!).

The reins are in your hands, and it’s ultimately up to you what route you choose and how you spend your precious resources.

Share if you’re up for the 72-hour gratitude challenge and how you are going to escape “doom scrolling” in the comments below. I look forward to reading your responses.