Have you found yourself spending your days scrolling endlessly through all the coronavirus news updates? From pruning your plants to simple home workouts, here are some great feel-good activities to turn to instead.
How many times have you checked the news so far today? In the last 24 hours? In the last week? Chances are, it’s quite a lot. With all of the constantly changing guidelines and updates being announced in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, it can feel like keeping up with the news is a never-ending mission.
There’s no doubt that in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s important to stay informed – but there is such a thing as too much information, and consuming too much stressful content could lead you feeling emotionally exhausted and burnt out.
Granted, checking the news isn’t a dangerous habit in the sense of binge drinking, or gambling your life away. But it can still be a subtly toxic impulse to give into (particularly if you don’t hold back).
Reading about all the latest death tolls and lockdowns may hike up your anxiety levels in a way you’re not consciously aware of, as well as making you hyper-alert.
Worse still, breaking news feeds are addictive: so you’ll find yourself compulsively returning to them, even when you know you could be doing something happier or more productive.
If the news is making you feel anxious, or you simply need a bit of light relief from everything that’s going on, a little bit of distraction can be a great way to make yourself feel better. Here are eight great things to try instead of compulsive news scrolling, when you have a spare five minutes on your hands.
Spruce up your houseplants
Whip up a batch of chocolate mascarpone mousse
Make your shoes spark joy
Reawaken your feminist within
Immerse yourself in watercolour therapy
Try some bite-sized meditation
Watch cute cat videos
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