- Jan 2, 2021
- Miami, Florida USA
Months ago, I had to install a site blocker extension called BlockSite for Google Chrome to keep myself from clicking on articles about the virus. The free version let me add keywords that I could block so I blocked any keyword that would get me worked up (like corona, virus, covid, etc.) Basically, I lacked the necessary self-control to NOT compulsively Google things in my weak moments and the site blocker popped up a picture reminding me I blocked this which is the extra support I need to stop compulsively googling and doomscrolling. There's a lot of speculation and so far things have gone MUCH better than the doom and gloom posted in the articles. The "doomscrolling" was causing me to get so discouraged and hopeless that I'd have really intense emotions at the same time as having really intense passive suicidal thoughts. I realized this was serious and I had to do whatever I could to keep myself safe. So, I removed lethal means when I was in a more rational state of mind. I also learned about TIPP techniques particularly using really cold water or an ice pack on my face. I wonder if some of the TIPP skills or anti-anxiety techniques for soothing the vagal nerve would help you? Maybe you've already tried them?