3 Reasons You Should Limit Social Media This Year

By Genevieve Cunningham

Social media is a way of life. We use it for just about everything. We use it to learn about news, stay in touch with friends, and stifle boredom. It’s popular, and it’s probably not going anywhere anytime soon. But the manner in which we use social media may be causing problems in our lives. More specifically, it may be ruining our health -- both mental and physical. If you would like to start the new year out with better health in mind, take a look at these reasons to cut back on social media as soon as today.

It’s a Comparison Trap

When we get on social media, our minds go immediately into comparison mode. We see our neighbor’s new car, our cousin’s new house, and those perfect pictures of our best friend’s children. Then we look around at our own life and feel inadequate. This is so bad for our mental wellness. If you want to keep your mental health intact, get off of social media, quit comparing your life to everyone else’s, and enjoy what you have in front of you.

It Causes Inactivity

Social media is an activity thief. When we’re browsing Facebook or Instagram, that’s all we’re doing. We’re not moving our body (except our thumbs!) and we’re not engaging much of anything. This is a recipe for inactivity, weight gain, and stiff muscles. Unless you have a desire to live an inactive life, you really have to put down the phone and get up. Make this a goal in the new year, and you’ll probably see multiple aspects of your life improve in a big way.

It Heightens the Risk of Depression

Social media has been linked with an increased risk of depression. We scroll through all of these pieces of life, but we don’t live any of them. We see pictures of Paris and London and far off places, but we don’t go. We experience envy, jealousy, and complete inadequacy. And the more that we put ourselves in this situation, the higher our risk of depression. If you want to lower your risk of feeling the blues, get off of the computer and go live life instead.

Social media isn’t all bad. It can be a good thing if it’s used properly. If you want to keep up with social media, but you would like to avoid these possible downfalls, just limit the time you spend on these sites. Stay busy, catch up with friends face-to-face, and only use social media for fun. With some self-discipline and some effort breaking the addiction, you’ll likely notice an improvement in your mental and physical well-being in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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