Social media networks never run out of new posts for you to interact with, whether you publish, like, share, or comment. But what negative effects on
Social media networks never run out of new posts for you to interact with, whether you publish, like, share, or comment. But what negative effects on your health do endlessly scrolling through a stream of posts have?
Social media and health have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, social media enables us to keep in touch with loved ones who live far away. However, some media information might also make people feel more depressed and anxious. Although more research is required to fully comprehend the complicated connection between social media and our health, there are several steps we can take right away to safeguard our wellbeing by adopting sensible social media usage practices.
How to Keep a Positive Attitude Toward Social Media?
Social media usage and sound mental health habits are both possible. All you need to do is exercise caution when developing habits related to your digital life. Here are some strategies for avoiding having social media dictate your every step and preserving your offline identity:
1. Set Boundaries from your Social Media Accounts
Make the most of technology! Create usage caps for your devices. Make sure your phone, tablet, or computer logs you off of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. when you exceed the recommended daily time limit by determining how much time is healthy for you.
2. Avoid Acting rudely on Social Media
When you’re among your friends or family, try to resist the impulse to check your phone every 10 seconds. It’s acceptable to respond to an urgent text or take a few selfies to capture the occasion, but it’s rude to ignore the person sitting next to you in favour of your smartphone. Put your phone away the next time you’re with a loved one and give them the time and attention they require.
3. The Golden Rule
Don’t talk or act in a way that you wouldn’t in person when using social media. Avoid being rude. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t disseminate untrue or unfavourable information. Keep in mind that nothing you post on social media is private, that it gives you tremendous power over other people, and that your digital “paper trail” will never go away. Kindly, judiciously, and properly use it.
4. Inhale deeply before posting
No need to haste. In five minutes, whatever you’re commenting on will still be there, and by then, you might not feel that what you posted was necessary. And let’s be honest, if you find yourself typing in all caps at any point, you probably need to take a moment to collect yourself before pressing the “post” button.
5. Transform enmity into motivation.
So many of us fall victim to internet comparisons of ourselves. Everyone seems to be having a great time, earning a million dollars each day while always on vacation, maintaining perfect skin, wearing the hottest clothes, and never stopping being awesome. Ask yourself, “What aspects of their life would I like to incorporate into mine?” if you start to feel envious. How can I take steps to live the life I want? Instead of criticising someone else for appearing to have what you want, find inspiration to make the changes you want.
6. Keep up with the people and things you like
Controlling the content we encounter on social media is a simple method to encourage happy feelings. On social media, be cautious about who you add as friends and picky about who you follow back. Unfollow or mute a family member whose opinions you don’t agree with if they’re upsetting you. Instead, follow a page that will make you joyful, like one that shares amusing pet videos.
7. Discover Community
On social media, look for groups that will help you feel good about yourself. Social networking has drawbacks, but it also has a lot of extremely fantastic advantages. The potential of social media to link people from all over the world is one of its most powerful features. Try connecting with people who are body positive, have similar hobbies to your own, or make you happy. For instance, there are numerous Facebook groups that people with natural hair may join to post about their hair, encourage and uplift one another in the curly hair community, and connect over their common experience. This might be a fantastic method to meet new people and become involved in activities that will boost your self-esteem.
8. Enjoy a break!
It’s a good idea to take a vacation for a few days if you realise that using social media has increased your feelings of anxiety or depression. Recharging your batteries and refocusing on what matters most in your life are two benefits of unplugging. You’re not alone if you’re struggling with the signs of anxiety or depression; get support from a reliable source like your doctor.
If you see that social media lowers your sense of worth. Your quality of life can be negatively impacted by low self-esteem in many different ways, including relationship problems, sadness, anxiety, rage, and shame due to continual self-criticism. Self-esteem therapy teaches you to value yourself and cultivates a strong sense of self!