Our reliance on social media could be harming our mental health by increasingly changing our perception on the world and ourselves. We’re the generation who are relentlessly scrolling and although we’re educating and connecting, we’re also comparing and injecting fear into ourselves through trends like ‘cancel culture’. Platforms like Instagram are filled with seemingly perfect lifestyles of people with perfect relationships, perfect homes, 10 holidays a year but we need to remember that social media usually only contains peoples ‘best bits’. Sometimes we’re comparing ourselves to something that isn’t even real, how is that attainable? This comparison can rob us of our self contentment and what started as an innocent scroll can quickly lead into us feeling pretty shitty about ourselves.
If you feel overwhelmed and anxious after scrolling through social media, here’s some tips you can try:
- Switch your phone to ‘Do not Disturb’ mode after 10pm on a night. Ditch the blue light and pick up a book instead – your sleeping pattern will thank you!
- Mute or unfollow accounts that don’t make you feel healthy about yourself.
- Fill your feed with things that make you happy. Dogs work.
- If you’ve got an iPhone check your ‘screen time’ and set yourself limits.
- Take a ‘Social Free Saturday’ – turn your notifications off for a day and see how much more positive you feel
- Spending time with family or friends? Put your phone down.
There’s no doubt that social media is a fantastic tool but it needs to be used healthily and in moderation.