Social media is a great way to showcase your creativity and connect with different types of communities from all over the world. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or TikTok can inspire your creativity and push you to try new things or go places you have never even heard of. However, with all the hours we spend scrolling on our phones through all the different social media platforms, we might start to see our mental health decline.
It’s always entertaining to look through all the photos, videos, stories, reels, and everything in between, but it doesn’t always leave you feeling great afterward. Everyone experiences this, so know you are never alone.
Here at TOC PR, we thrive on creating content that stands out and showcases who we are. To do this, we are constantly scrolling and trying to find the next big social media trend and develop ways to utilize them and apply them to our work. It can still get a little overwhelming and discouraging at times trying to keep up, which is why knowing when to unplug for your mental health is crucial.
Here are five tips we utilize to limit our screen time and promote mental wellness.
Create work-life boundaries and only allow yourself a certain amount of time per day on social media. As soon as you wake up, try to create a schedule for your day and include a couple of fifteen to thirty-minute breaks between tasks where you can scroll through social media if you choose.
Find time to digitally detox. If this means setting a timer, do it! It’s so easy to get distracted on social media, which is why your two-minute break can sometimes turn into an hour break. Setting a timer can help you stay on task and not get stuck scrolling for longer than you anticipated.
Avoid comparing yourself and start unfollowing the accounts that don’t make you feel good. Pay more attention to how you feel after viewing certain accounts and posts and recognize the negative thoughts or feelings associated with them. You can easily avoid feeling that way again by simply unfollowing or blocking them.
Take advantage of mental health apps. There are so many different apps out right now that can help improve your mood, learn and practice meditation, provide therapy or advice, and so much more. Some examples of these apps are Moodkit, Talkspace, Headspace, and Happify.
Go outside to take breaks! A little fresh air never hurt anyone. Spending time outdoors can help you decompress and significantly reduce your symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Put your mental health first! Take advantage of the things you can do that benefit your well-being. It’s genuinely all about defining the boundaries you require, scheduling your time between work and life, and then actually committing to making those changes yourself to benefit your mind and schedule. Find what works for you and stick to it consistently. Your mental health will thank you.