Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Welcome back to another MHM, this month about detoxing from social media. Social media is something that is probably pretty prevalent in everyone’s life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. Social media comes with a lot of pros and cons and sometimes I think it’s healthy to take a break if you feel like it’s taking too much of a toll on your mental well being.

Like I said, social media can be a great thing. It’s a fantastic way to stay connected with people you may not see that often, and to be able to share parts of your life with your friends. However, it’s not always used for this, and sometimes social media can become toxic. Spending too much time on social media can come at a detriment, not only for physical health reasons but also for your mental health. A lot of times when we’re on social media we compare ourselves to whoever is on our feed-in good and bad ways. We may feel bad about ourselves because our bodies are not as small as theirs, on our lives may not seem as exciting as theirs, etc. OR we may judge them, and think wow, I’m glad that’s not me, they’re so dumb, etc….

Both are so bad! Comparing yourself to people on social media is only going to lower your self esteem. Some pages are catered more towards motivation and encouragement, which I think is awesome. But when some people use their pages to solely promote products or try to show off a particular kind of lifestyle with very little genuineness or substance behind their posts, it can be harmful to the way you see yourself.

On the other side of that, judging people you see on social media and maybe thinking some not-so-nice things about them (we’ve all done it), is also not great either because why do we want to spend our time pointing out all the things we hate about this person we may not even really know that well? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my time focusing on myself and what I need to work on, rather than judging other people based on my own insecurities.

Although it can be hard to take a break from social media, even just setting your phone down for a few hours could honestly do wonders. Everything will still be there when you check back in, and when it comes down to it, there’s really no need to be constantly refreshing twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc. Not only does this impede our overall ability to focus on certain tasks, but it takes away from the human experience. So put your phone down, and enjoy your life! You only get one life to live, and who wants to spend it constantly checking social media? Not me, that’s for sure.

I hope you guys liked this month’s mental health Monday post, and let me know if you guys have anything you’d like to see in the future!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.