💛I learned a new word today...💛
I get excited by learning new words.
Apparently, with all the possible varieties and combinations we can utilise in all the ways we communicate, the majority of us around the world only choose to use a total of 500 words. Isn't that something?!
To me, words are a bit of fun... eliciting more colour and texture into what could otherwise be considered humdrum, mundane sentences. And even more fun when a completely new one pops up.
That happened today!
And the word is.............................
Have you heard of it, Beauties?
Spending hours scrolling through social media and the news might seem like a reprieve from work or other responsibilities. Depending on the content being consumed, though, that scrolling may actually be harmful to mental health. There's a name for this: doomscrolling.
Doomscrolling ~ also called doomsurfing ~ has been placed on Merriam-Webster dictionary's "Words We're Watching" list, since gaining popularity amid the pandemic. They define doomscrolling as "the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing."
👉Why are people drawn to doomscrolling?👈
"During times of stress people turn to social media for information, and doomscrolling has become a 'coping mechanism' with the uncertainty in today's world," says psychoanalyst Babita Spinelli, L.P.
Staying up to date with the latest news is important, as is staying connected with friends and family during this unsettled time. For both reasons, doomscrolling has seemed to heighten. The uncertainty in the world and minute-by-minute news breaks have created a fear of missing out ~ do you feel this in your own life? Are you afraid to move away from the screen, just in case you miss something?
Some people are actually feeling guilty for not doomscrolling with all the hot, up to date horrible news that’s coming to the fore. They worry if they aren't constantly available for the up-to-date news, they're turning the other cheek.
Spending too much time in the news and not maintaining self-care can prevent people from taking real action.
Many turn to the news to make sense of what's going on in the world, but since information is not always given in its entirety ~ and there's not always one clarifying answer ~ you can find yourself feeling frustrated... fearful... helpless... even angry.
In extreme cases, doomscrolling can create symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The kind of graphic violence shown on social media can elicit trauma ~ and this can be detrimental to mental health if it continues to be the fabric of one's day.
So how do you draw the line between staying informed and doomscrolling, Beauties?
We need to utilise some of the other mechanisms we have available; have a think about these suggestions:
✨Instead of aimlessly scrolling through apps, read newsletters, magazines, or newspapers that you receive via email or at your doorstep. Once you've found a couple of platforms and sources to receive news from, minimise the time spent on other sites.
✨Here are a couple of methods for limiting news intake while staying informed:
🌹Participate in regular, consistent Zoom meetings with like-minded friends to stay connected on issues.
🌹Listen to podcasts or read books on current issues. Incorporate these into your daily rhythm in place of doomscrolling.
✨Spend time (even virtually) volunteering at organisations that support humanity and raise awareness of current issues.
Remember Beauties, it's possible to be mindful and connected to the issues in the world without excessive doomscrolling.
💛And should you find yourself doomscrolling, choose to incorporate some positive news, and read content that emanates love ~ peace ~ laughter ~ joy.
... and just maybe learn some new words as well. 🗝🔥✨
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