Social Media Got You Down? Take a Break Then
By Stephen R. Farris
Have you found yourself getting bummed out with social media as of late? It can be enough to bring on unwanted stress, especially with all the posts, memes, and videos depicting anything from prayer requests to an overload of misleading information.
The more time you spend on social media, the more depressing it can become. If that seems to be the case -- even though it can be extremely hard to do -- it's probably time to take a break. That doesn't mean getting rid of all of your social media sites. It just means spending less time -- maybe even no time -- on social media sites for a short period.
Here's a few tips to help you get started.
Delete Social Media Apps
This is probably the most hardcore approach to taking a break from social media, but if you spend more time each day scrolling through all of your apps while ignoring your tasks, then this might just be the method for you. Ask for support from your friends on social media. Maybe they could take a break with you. Spend more quality time with family and friends and try to keep conversations steered away from what is being talked about on social media.
Develop New Habits or Start a New Hobby
If you're used to being on social media several hours each day, try to find something else that sparks your interest and devote that time toward your new endeavor. This might be time to take up a new hobby; something you might have been interested in from your past. This can greatly reduce the stress levels caused by too much time on social media.
Steer Clear of Politics
Political posts, ads, videos, etc., are probably the things that most lead to higher stress levels. Unfortunately, it can get to the point where friends and family members divide because of different views, which oftentimes can lead to divisions in friendships and close relationships.
Look for Positive Posts and News
If you decide to stay on social media, scroll past the negative until you find a positive. It can be funny videos, music, relationship announcements from friends or relatives, someone getting a work promotion, or a cool saying that puts a smile on your face. Despite negativity on social media, there are actually some positives.
Best advice. When you begin feeling stressed out or depressed by social media content, then take a step back and examine your feelings. A break just might be the thing you need.
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