Swap Scrolling For a More Relaxing Habit
What you're looking for on social media — distraction, entertainment, a break — you can often find elsewhere. When you feel the urge to check the closest feed, Finkel recommended getting up and physically removing yourself from your phone or computer. Take a walk, or if you have time, do a quick workout (or even just a single exercise) right at home. "Releasing endorphins is an effective way to fight stress and anxiety and to give your mind a break from everything." You could also try listening to soothing music, she said.
"Even though sometimes it can feel reassuring to understand what is going on in the news, it is also OK to step away and read a book, practice self-care, and focus on other tasks at hand," added Mia Rosenberg, LCSW, psychotherapist and owner of Upsider Therapy in NYC. "Because information surrounding the coronavirus is easily accessible, you can feel confident knowing that if you walk away for a little, you can retrieve updated information when you are ready."