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Are you Doomscrolling?

Doomscrolling or doomsurfing, are new words used to describe the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing, Merriam-Webster says. We all should watch how much bad news we take in, especially those of us who are stroke survivors, and deal with issues such as; Emotional and Behavioral changes. Stroke survivors’ brains have been injured, and the behaviors and emotions they display are reflections of that injury.

Understanding and dealing with these changes and losses are just as important as the physical issues that are dealt with in the rehabilitation process. That's why in my past posts I've recommended reading fun and inspiring books, listening to uplifting music that puts you in a great mood, and laughing is always good for you. Also, being social is important, even if it's just talking to a neighbor while you're out for a walk. If you don't feel like talking to them just wave hi, you'll be surprised at how good that makes you feel.

Don't forget to smile! Smiling helps release endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin—also known as our happy hormones. When our body releases these feel-good neurotransmitters, it directly impacts our mood and helps alleviate stress, and relax our body. Though our world is experiencing some very troubling times, we should always be able to find a reason to smile.

So if you're Doomscrolling, don't. Doomscrolling can be dangerous to most of us and it can destroy our hopes and dreams for the future, please don't let it. I'll leave you with some bad news and good news. A woman was nervously waiting at the airport for her husband to return from his skydiving lesson. The pilot approached her: "I'm sorry, but there's been an accident. I have some bad news, some good news, some more bad news, and some more good news. The bad news is your husband fell out of the plane. The good news is he had his parachute on. The bad news is he hit the ground before his chute could open. The good news is we hadn't taken off yet.

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