Social media refers to websites and applications that are designed to allow people to share content quickly or should we say to share any content quickly. There are millions of people using social media platforms. It helps you reach large audiences. The ability to reach large audiences is a huge advantage of social media. But is it really an advantage? Many times we come across content which is heartbreaking, sad and irrelevant, we keep on thinking about it for the whole day or maybe days and certainly it affects our mental health.
One of our problems is that we take our mental health as something which has rather less importance and thus, we often ignore it. Social media can be amazing in so many ways, that’s totally true but everything has its good and bad side. We don’t even realize when we let social media affect our thought process, our mood, our thinking capabilities and our mental health. It is very important for all of us to enrich our mental health awareness and help others to fight their battles of mind themselves.
Now let us understand how we can be more aware and help ourselves to take care of our mental health. Here are some healthy coping mechanisms to do the same:
- Be self aware – If you are aware of what is right and what is wrong for you and your mental health, you’ll eventually end up taking good care of yourself. Whenever you see anything on social media that you find unintelligent and irrelevant, you must distract your mind from there as soon as possible. Because if you don’t let your mind wander about irrelevant things, you’ll be doing the best for your own mental health.
- Don’t let it be a distraction – Many times, we sit and try to complete all our important tasks, but we fail. Usually this is because the tool we keep with ourselves, our mobiles. Turn off those notifications that distract you and make you think about those things that are depressing and not of any use.
- Coach yourself – You will know that you made the right decision; you feel the stress leaving your body, your mind, your life. It is very easy to stop by while watching the feed on your social media account, be it good or bad. Later, you let it affect yourself and your mind. Therefore it becomes very important to coach yourself to take the right decisions and not let any bad post affect your mind and your day.
- Digital detox – It refers to a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. We all waste half of our day, spending time watching irrelevant social media posts. One of the ways to control it can be adopting digital detox in our lives. We know that it sounds lame, but we can at least practice it for particular hours in a day, or few days in a week.
- Stay active – We all love it when we complete our work and get into bed and spend our time watching posts on social media. This for sure facilitates laziness. We need to be active and concentrate on things that are useful, interesting, cheerful, relevant etc. This would keep our mind in a positive mood and we will feel good. Therefore try to be indulged in tasks that help you feel good about yourself.
- Set limits – Don’t let social media guide you and your mind’s health. Plan it up. It is very important to set limits as if you don’t, you let your mind wander upon some irrelevant things that would surely irritate you or make you feel uncomfortable.
“Everyday is a new day” – Carrie Underwood
Our mental health is a very important part of us. Everything starts with our mind, so if you have a positive mind or positive mental health you will eventually be positive in every situation. This will help you to become an even stronger person. Stop wasting your time on things that affect you and eat half of your time which you could’ve spent on important people or things. Know your worth and keep moving with a positive and a healthy mind. Do not let social media affect your mental health.
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3 thoughts on “How To Not Let Social Media Affect Your Mental Health”
I genuinely feel that mental health is a topic that people take for granted. Social media has been one of the major reasons causing people especially children to go through metal health related issues. This topic needs to be more talked about. People need to take it seriously. Social media, being one of the reason, if properly used, can also serve as a platform for people facing such issues to speak up.
It is actually quite helpful! Thanx
These tips are great and useful specially during this lockdown !