We have a new term for overloading yourself with negative information: Doomscrolling.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it refers to spending too much time on your newsfeed, looking for the next thing to worry about. And right now, people are capturing a whole lot to worry about.
It occurred to me, though, that this is just the most recent form of something which has existed for my entire lifetime:
The need to keep current with all the newspapers
Devouring news magazines
The 24 hour TV newscycle
General news websites
It feels unavoidable.
The fact is that this powerfully affects your mood, happiness, and world outlook. And since news is primarily about negative information – the more troubling the better – it can quickly take you into depression and anxiety.
I know a few people who have completely disconnected from this, and they’re clearly happier as a result. But for most of us, we have this nagging to “stay current and informed”, so going cold turkey seems impossible.
You know what the solution is, of course:
Trim your information sources to emphasize the positive more than the negative.
Focus more on sources which are relevant and useful
De-emphasize places which make you more anxious and emotionally negative
But there’s one more crucial point: Don’t do this to other people. Don’t forward that kind of information when you see it. Try to help others be more positive and engaged.
And a daily practice to get yourself more centered and balanced would be a bad idea either.
I’d love to schedule a one-on-one call with you, to see what you and your team are up to. The call is no cost, no sales pitch – honest. How are you doing on creating your new normal?