How To Look After Your Mental Health On Social Media?


Since they are part of our daily lives, getting a break from social media can be harder than you might think

While social media can be a force for good [link to ‘New research shows social media isn’t always bad, there is also evidence that spending too much time online can negatively affect wellbeing.

Given how crucial our smartphones seek to our everyday lives, getting a break from social media can be harder than you might think.

Here are a few tips to start off:

Don’t feel obligated

Being on social media is a choice. Many people feel they have to have certain media platforms to stay in the loop or show the world how good their lives are. The truth is that your friendships won’t fall apart if you let that Snapstreak slide, and you’ll still get invited to social events if you delete your Facebook. If you need to take a break for a day or forever, that’s ok!

Be self-aware and recognise the patterns

Everyone is different and we all recognise good days and bad days in ourselves better than anyone else will. We know when things are starting to slip, and sometimes this can be linked to social media use. Some people may post or scroll more when they are searching for validation or feeling lonely, and these habits can make us feel worse. Knowing when you need to get offline and away from social media is important for supporting yourself.

Take control

Don’t follow pages or people that you know will make you feel bad. Follow those who inspire or motivate you, and when looking at friends’ posts try not to compare yourself. Social media is designed to show only the best of people’s lives through a rosy Instagram filter, so be careful not to believe everything you see!

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All opinions in this article are the author’s own views.

If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health, please seek advice from a medical professional or the Samaritans helpline at 116 123