Stop Doomscrolling, Start Meditating

Nicholas Ptacek
7 min readOct 10, 2020

You can’t control everything. Let go of that which you can’t control, and focus on what you can control: your actions and attitude.

In a world gone mad, events that are out of our control can often feel overwhelming. We find ourselves turning to social media to stay up-to-date and frequently fall into the trap of doomscrolling for hours on end. This establishes a cycle of anxiety that can be hard to break free from.

Meditation provides a healthy alternative to negative routines, and can play an essential role in self-care during these trying times.

The first step to break free from the cycle of anxiety is to establish a new routine. Part of establishing a good meditation routine is creating an environment that is conducive to meditation. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, as long as it meets a few basic criteria. The most important thing is that you encourage a feeling of routine when you meditate. This will help let your body and mind know that it is time for some self-care.

Find a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed while meditating. Set aside some time when you won’t be interrupted, and set your devices to Do Not Disturb mode. If you live with other people, let them know you’ll be meditating so they don’t accidentally barge in on you. Your meditation environment might be your bedroom, a spare room, or simply on your couch in the living room.

You’ll want to be comfortable while meditating. This means wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothes. You don’t want to get too hot or too cold while meditating, so it can be helpful to have a blanket handy that you can throw on or off as needed. If you have a favorite pillow or blanket, try and use them every time to reinforce the idea of a specific routine to follow during meditation. Consistency is key!

You don’t need to maintain an uncomfortable body position while meditating, simply find a comfortable place to sit or lay down. This could be your bed or couch, a favorite chair, or a yoga cushion. It’s easier to meditate in a dark environment, so close the blinds or wear a sleep mask if you have one. Minimize outside noise that could distract you by wearing earplugs or noise canceling headphones, or by playing calming music.