Social media platforms are evolving on a daily basis. Have you ever thought how it affects your mental health?
Below I will discuss the good, and bad impact that social media can have on our mental health.
Social media has many positive benefits on our mental health. Today, many people rely on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram to connect with people. Connecting with people has proven to help reduce stress and anxiety among our population.
Here are some great points from an article by HelpGuide to show how social media helps our well-being.
- Communicate with friends and family around the world
- Make new connections
- Raise awareness on important issues
- Seek guidance or offer emotional support
- An outlet for expressing your creativity and identity
Who Uses Social Media?
The chart below published by H. Tankovska on Statista “shows the number of social network users in Canada from 2017 to 2025. In 2019, there were approximately 25.35 million social network users in Canada, and this figure is projected to grow to 32.07 million users in 2023.”
With every good, there comes a bad. The negative impact that social media has on our mental wellbeing is becoming unhealthy and affects numerous age groups around the world. Multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts.
Here is a list of negative ways in which social media affects our mental health:
- Low self-esteem
- Unhealthy coping mechanism
- Negative emotions
- Lack of sleep
How to Better Your Mental Health
Here is a list of ways in which minimizing social media can help with your mental health:
- Minimize online time – a great way in which I find helps is by leaving my device in another room when I go to sleep.
- Change your reasoning – try not to go online when you are bored or see how many people have liked your posts. Take a moment and think to yourself about the reasoning behind why you are logging onto social channels.
- Spend more time offline – we all need social interaction with our friends and family, try and set a regular time in which you hang out and interact with each other
- Show yourself gratitude – take some time to reflect on the positive things in your life, whether you write down your thoughts in a journal or practice meditation
- Increase physical activity – set a time for yourself every day to get up and move your body, hold yourself accountable and get up and move!
For more great tips on how you can better your mental health, check out this great article on HelpGuide.
Now ask yourself, how do you better your mental health and not let social media take over?
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