Set aside certain times of the day to read the news when you need to – and if it helps, set a 10-minute timer to remind you to stop scrolling. Another trick is to wear a rubber band around your hand while reading the news. If you think you will succumb to doom, snap the rubber band against your wrist, said Dr. Murthy.
It's also important to rethink breaks. Before the pandemic, one of our typical lunch breaks was surfing Facebook. Browsing the internet has become the standard work break as there is no way to go out to lunch under on-site instructions. This is an obvious trap that can lead to ruin.
Take a walk around the block, get on the exercise bike, and prepare your favorite snack instead of staying on a screen. And yes, set calendar appointments for your breaks too, said Dr. Gazzaley.
Mindfulness exercises can help us break the cycle of information flight or prevent us from sinking into a dark place.
Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and author of the book "Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World," recommended this exercise to help us feel more connected to others at a time when we cannot see many people:
Take a breath and think of the people who have helped you in the past. This could be your friends, co-workers, and even the restaurant staff packing your take-away food.
Give them positive wishes as you introduce yourself to these people. For example: “May you be happy. May you be peaceful. May you be safe May you be healthy. "
"They give presents," said Mrs. Salzberg. "It's a different way of identifying and not feeling isolated."
Connect with others
Dr. Murthy's book "Together: The healing power of human connection in a sometimes lonely world" emphasized the importance of spending 15 minutes a day with the people who are most important to us. This can help us feel less alone and resist doom scrolling.
But how can we connect with people when we cannot see them easily? At the beginning of the pandemic, many of us turned to video conferencing apps to virtually connect with friends, colleagues and loved ones. Now, more than four months after the pandemic started, many are suffering from “zoom fatigue”.