I heard a new-to-me term the other day: doom scrolling.
You probably know what it is before I even try to define it. It's feeling the need to scroll through your social media feed in search of information about doomsday, even though you are sure to be disheartened by what you read. And once you enter the vortex, it's hard to get out.
I've been sucked into a couple of such scrolls recently and it's just not good for my soul. My guess is, it's not good for yours either.
Doom scrolling leads to fatigue, frustration, and even anger. That might explain why we find ourselves nodding off some afternoons. Well, that and watching Netflix until 1:00 a.m.
Doom scrolling takes an even bigger toll when you consider the fact that some of the social media posts are from people you know and love who might be mocking what you think or believe. So not only do you have to process the information they have posted but you also have to navigate the tricky waters of personal relationships, including some hurt feelings.
If you find yourself feeling especially anxious while scrolling, consider setting your phone down and picking up the Scriptures. Maybe make this the summer of the Psalms.
In Reflections on the Psalms, C.S Lewis wrote: “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance."
When is the last time you felt so delighted in the Lord that you wanted to dance? Yeah, it's been a while for me too.
We have 174 days left in the year. If we read one psalm a day, six days a week, we could read all of them by the end of the year. Some of the psalms are quite short, so we could really dig in and meditate on what we've read. Doing so would help to alleviate the anxiety we're feeling. If you aren't sure where to start, check out this excellent article.