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Social Media and Its Effects on Mental Health

Human beings are known to be social creatures. The fellowship of others is something we need to prosper in life. The strength of our relationships highly impacts our mental health and happiness. Social interaction is known to have eased stress, depression, and anxiety, prevent loneliness, boost self-worth, give joy and comfort, and even lengthen lifespan!

However, being disconnected from the world can easily be extremely dangerous to your emotional and mental health.

These days, majority of the peoples’ way of connecting with the world is through platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, and even though each of these social media sites has its benefits, you cannot forget the significance of the connection of humans in the real world. Social media cannot replace that. An in-person connection is required to trigger the hormones in your body that help reduce stress, instill positivity, and make you happier and healthier.

Shutterstock | Too much screen-time can have adverse effects

Is Social Media Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health?

If the only reason you feel motivated to use social media is when you feel lonely, bored, or want to make someone jealous or upset by posting something, you might want to start re-judging your social media habits.

Signs that social media might impact your mental health include:

– Having low self-esteem and comparing yourself to other people on social media. You might realize that you have a negative body image and have disordered eating patterns

– Spending most of your time on the internet, rather than spending it with real-world friends

– Feeling as though you are being cyberbullied

– Not having time for self-reflection

– Not being able to focus on your school or work

– Having issues with sleeping

– Having symptoms of depression and anxiety

Shutterstock | Know when to limit yourself from the toxic social media culture

The Best Way to Improve Your Habits

1.      Switch your phone off during certain periods of the day.

2.      Make sure to turn off your social media notification before going to bed because sleeping is impossible with a phone that’s constantly buzzing on your head.

3.      It’s preferred for you to not bring your phone with you to bed at all.

4.      Use an app to track the amount of time you spend on the internet every day.

Shutterstock | Spending time alone is also self-care

To Wrap It Up

If you find yourself being on social media for an immoderate amount of time, and it seems that your everyday life is being impacted by the feelings of loneliness, sadness, frustration, and dissatisfaction, it may be the right time to reanalyze your cyberspace habits and work on finding a healthier balance.

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