SMART SOCIAL MEDIA PRACTICES
With the rising popularity of social media over the last decade, it can be easy to get sucked into the online world. There are a lot of great benefits to social media! It allows us to stay connected with others, discover new ideas, and explore the world in ways we might never be able to otherwise. But, there’s always a risk of letting it consume our every waking moment. Today we’ll be talking about how to protect your emotional health when using social media.
LIMIT YOUR TIME
Do you find yourself jumping onto Facebook whenever you have free time? Do you scroll through Instagram right when you wake up? While these platforms definitely have a place in our lives, it’s important that we’re not spending too much time on them.
If you find yourself becoming addicted, you should limit the amount of time you spend on social media. Some phones have time restrictions for apps that you could use, or you can set specific times during the day to check all of your platforms. If you find that this doesn’t work for you, maybe it’s time to do a social media fast. Log out of all your accounts for a week at the minimum. Some people like to do a whole month! It’s always nice to take a step back and determine why you tune in to social media and how you can do so in a healthier way.
DON’T TUNE IN TO DRAMA
People tend to be more open online than they would be in real life. Between family drama, politics, and vent posts, it’s easy to get sucked into the negativity that can be found. Remember, your mental health should always be the priority! That means that it’s never a bad idea to unfollow topics or people who are constantly posting negative or argumentative posts. In addition to that, when posting, try to evaluate the kind of message you’re putting out. Don’t add on to the negativity that can be found online!
MAINTAIN WELL-ROUNDED FREE TIME
If all you are doing in your free time is scrolling through social media, chances are you aren’t feeling very fulfilled in life. While social media is a wonderful tool, it’s not the be all end all. Make sure that when you’re scrolling that you’re not putting off projects or responsibilities. Put your phone down from time to time to take a walk, pick up a book, paint a picture, or meditate! By balancing your habits, you’ll be able to maximize the benefits of social media without getting sucked into the negative side.
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