Social media undoubtedly has its benefits to us and our society. It is a tremendous way of communicating with like-minded people all over the world, and keeping in touch with friends and family.

There are also many excellent social media accounts out there created to inspire us, motivate us, and raise awareness of mental health.

Despite these points, we need to take a moment to think about how much time we are spending scrolling through our feeds, as studies have linked prolonged social media use with symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self- esteem.

Constantly comparing your life to others is not healthy. Social media is all a lie anyway – people portray their lives to be much better than they really are! Just focus on what you are lucky to have, and be grateful for it. We are all living different paths and that is absolutely fine! That is the beauty of life and we just need focus on our own.

TIPS:

  1. Of course, if you feel Facebook or Instagram is making you seriously depressed or low, the best solution would be to deactivate your account. You can always reactivate it again later if you regret it.
  2. De-friend or unfollow any accounts which cause you any upset, jealousy, anxiety, or low self-esteem. You do not need that negativity or toxicity in your life. Only follow accounts which make you feel happy and good about yourself.
  3. Limit yourself to a certain amount of time on your phone a day, perhaps an hour spread out throughout the day.
  4. Go outside and have some real-life interaction, it will make you feel 100 times better.
  5. Just remember, as mentioned before, social media is not real. People only capture the best parts of their lives, and edit the photographs too. The life you are desiring is not even being lived by the person you are envying!
  6. In the case of children or young adults/teenagers, please do ensure to raise your children with the awareness of this. It is especially hard for young girls constantly being surrounded by images of models and celebrities. To prevent the rising number of eating disorders, we all need to internalise the fact that these female bodies are not realistic.

The main thing we all need to learn to do is dramatically change our perspectives and attitudes.

We should all stop comparing and competing with one another, and instead celebrate each others’ successes as well as our own. We should all support each other.

If you are feeling really low, seek help from a friend or a professional.
The most important thing to do is TALK.

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