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.

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Gratitude

Welcome back to the second Mental Health Monday, with this month’s post focusing on gratitude, something I’m sure all of us could focus a little more on.

Gratitude can be a tricky thing. If someone asked you if you were grateful for the people and blessings in your life, of course you’d say yes. It’s easy to be grateful when it’s obvious: you are grateful for your friends, family, pets, etc. But is that really as far as gratitude goes?

For me, I started to switch my perspective on gratitude. I knew the things I was grateful for, and I knew that I had many things in my life to be thankful for, but was I really appreciating them? It’s good to be aware of your gratitude towards the big things, the things that stand out in your life, but what about not just being aware, but applying that gratitude to every part of your life. Appreciating the little things just a little bit more….not letting the small things get you down, and reminding yourself more often than not that things are never as bad as they seem.

One way I’ve started to adjust my perspective on gratitude is through the five minute journal. I started this back in the beginning of the year and it’s really challenged me to be more reflective on a daily basis. It’s a very simple journal, with you writing down a few things in the morning and a few a night (it’s super quick I promise) and it allows you a few extra minutes to yourself to really think about what would make the day great, and what made the day great.

Some days it’s harder than others to come up with a list of good things that happened that day, but the journal really challenges me to reflect on every part of my day, and see the good in even the worst of times. The past couple of months have been unusually stressful and anxiety ridden for me, so having this time to reflect has really been beneficial.

I challenge you to take an extra minute at the beginning and end of your day to really think about what could make the day great, and even the smallest of things that happened that made it a good day. Your brain is a muscle, and once you train it long enough, it’ll adjust to a more positive outlook on things instead of the stationary negative one a lot of us have.

Always easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere.

What are your favorite tips for gratitude?

As always, keep it klassy. xo.