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A strategy to cut down on doomscrolling

📱 Today’s tip: Instead of trying to quit doomscrolling, replace it with another ritual.

The key to quitting any bad habit isn’t to attempt a cold-turkey clean break; it’s to find somewhere else to redirect your energy. Nervous cuticle-chewer? Try keeping gum on hand. Shop online when you’re stressed? Grab a book when you feel the urge to browse. As Kate Morgan points out on Elemental, the same applies to 2020’s most ubiquitous bad habit: doomscrolling.

“The more you monitor your consumption and cut down on the time spent reading or watching, the easier it becomes to break out of the bad news/anxiety cycle,” Morgan writes. Instead, spend that time “finding sources of entertainment and distraction that let you check out — at least briefly — from current events,” like a movie, a walk outside, or a call with someone you love.

📚 More from Forge on taking a news break:

An Easy 3-Step System for Reclaiming Your Time From the News Cycle

How to Stop Looking at Coronavirus News for Like Five Minutes

There Are Better Options Than Netflix and Scrolling the News

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