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screen ban Doireann Garrihy ignores Twitter mayhem as it sends her into an “overthinking spiral”


Doireann Garrihy. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Doireann Garrihy. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Doireann Garrihy. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RTÉ 2fm’s Doireann Garrihy has said that she doesn’t pay attention to Twitter mayhem anymore because it sends her into an “overthinking spiral.”

The broadcaster recently had a conversation with Walk In My Shoes about minding her mental health and dealing with the impact of Covid-19.

She spoke about her own coping strategies during the pandemic and said that switching off from the screens is one of the best ways to stop her from overthinking.

“Switching off from the news has been a really important one for me. I hear the morning news bulletins and, after that, I try to avoid it until the headlines in the evening,” the 29-year-old revealed.

“If I was to pay attention to the Twitter mayhem, I would be driven into an overthinking spiral which is not good for someone like me who already overthinks enough.”

Doireann admitted that she is “extremely lucky” that she could continue working during lockdown but said that, like everyone else, she has had times where she felt like the walls of her home were closing in on her.

“I have been extremely lucky that I have been working throughout the pandemic. I love being busy, so I don’t know how I would have coped if things had come to a complete halt for me.

“Of course, my evenings and weekends have been very quiet, but knowing that everyone is in the same boat is a comfort.

“There are days when it feels like the walls of my apartment are closing in on top of me. On those days, I put on my runners and headphones and go for a power walk.

“I don’t always feel like doing it, but I know I will always feel better after it,” she added.

The The Doireann Project Star told WIMS that the best advice she can give to someone struggling was to take things a day at a time.

"I have been trying not to let the negative emotions consume me and, rather, allow them to simply come and go,” she said.

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“Even if they linger for a few days, I always know they will pass, and knowing that keeps me going.

“It is really difficult when there doesn’t seem to be a definitive end in sight, but there will be one.”

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