We live in a time that’s saturated with bad news, which is seemingly easier to find when living in isolation. It dominates our conversations, filters through our thoughts, and is leading to collective anxiety among people around the world. I’ve actually read multiple articles recently on the perils of “doomscrolling” – reading your smartphone’s newsfeed addictively, even though virtually every story is negative.
What is the best way to cope with all of this negativity? This week I would recommend checking out The New York Times’ “Smarter Living” series, in particular their advice on how to “stop and take a breath” in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. This article is an in-depth examination of why it’s easy to become fixated on the negative, how it affects our daily lives and, ultimately, the best ways to keep that negativity at bay.
Like so many issues, we have to start with ourselves. This is a quick read that will prompt you to take steps in the right direction, starting today.