How To Protect Your Mental Health From Social Media
Every day, we wake up picking up our phones and scrolling through our social media timelines. For some, their first interaction of the day is social media. For some people, social media is their safe space and where they get all the validation. But it is important to understand that the buzz on the media can affect your mental health, and you must be aware about this, and take a step back at the appropriate time.
We are sharing some quick things you can be mindful of:
WHEN AND WHERE YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Using social media, a lot of times can become exhausting and tiring. It affects in-person communication and also distracts you from getting things done. With social media, you need to be able to adopt self-discipline. Know when to use it and when to put down your phone. Take a break from social media when necessary and know when to leave social media to protect your mental space.
INSPIRATION RATHER THAN COMPARISON
Social media is a platform where people let you into their personal lives. Now, this is not the place where you compare your success to theirs. Look at these posts as an inspiration for you to work towards your own goals, rather than directly comparing your daily life to their lives on social media, this is a healthier way to view posts on social media.
APPROACH SOCIAL MEDIA MINDFULLY
If you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is go through social media, you need to think about why you’re going there, whether it’s to get informed about breaking news or if it’s a mindless habit that serves as an escape from facing the day ahead. You have to be brave and sincerely honest with yourself. Each time you pick up your phone to check social media, answer the hard question: Why am I doing this now?
WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU FEEL
Experiment using your favorite online platforms at different times of the day and for varying lengths of time to see how you feel during and after each session. You may discover that spending shorter hours on social media makes you feel better. Also, focus on your online interactions with people you also know offline.
FOLLOWERS AND PEOPLE YOU FOLLOW
Over time, you are likely to make many online friends, contacts, and people and organizations. Some content may be interesting to you, some boring, some triggering, or even worse. You need to understand the energy you get from each person. Adding a few motivational or funny sites is likely to decrease social media’s harmful effects.
PUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
If you're feeling down, maybe you need to speak to a friend in person rather than spending time online. Social media is very powerful; as much as it can enhance your life, it can also become an additional burden and stress. No one should have the power to stress your mental health, not even social media. It will be best if you tried some of the tips listed above to help you keep your social media space healthy. If you feel that social media is impacting your mood more than it should, and taking a break isn’t helping you find relief, consider reaching out and speaking with someone.
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