Healthy Approaches to Using Social Media

Written by: Maddie McGarrah, M.Ed.
Healthy Approaches to Using Social Media

In today’s world, social media plays a central role in how we communicate, share information, and connect with others. However, there can often be cons to social media and our use of it as well. It is essential to approach social media use mindfully to maintain mental and emotional well-being.

Setting boundaries is crucial. It is helpful to establish specific times of day or specific amounts of time for checking social media to prevent it from dominating your entire day. This can help prevent feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can arise from constant connectivity. Additionally, consider limiting the number of platforms you engage with to those that truly add value to your life, allowing you to focus on meaningful interactions. Reminding ourselves of our self-care can be helpful as well. Social media can be a great way to relax or distract from stressful situations, but there are also many other ways to recharge. Going for a walk, watching a movie/tv show, listening to music you like, journaling, or art can all be other forms of self-care.

It is also important to become aware of how social media affects your mood. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others or feeling inadequate based on others’ content. Remember that social media often presents a skewed version of reality, showcasing highlights rather than the full spectrum of human experience. Practicing mindfulness can help you stay grounded and aware of your emotions while scrolling through your feed. If you find yourself feeling negatively impacted by social media, consider taking breaks or unfollowing accounts that bring up negative feelings about yourself or others.

Lastly, use social media as a tool for positive connection and self-expression. Engage in communities that align with your interests or values, and participate in meaningful conversations. Share content that reflects your authentic self, fostering genuine connections with others. Additionally, use your platform to spread positivity and support others, creating a more uplifting online environment. By approaching social media with intention and self-awareness, you can harness its potential to enhance your life while safeguarding your mental health.