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Why a Break From Social Media is Due

By Genevieve Cunningham

Social media is the hottest thing in our world today. Though it’s been around a while, it certainly hasn’t shown any signs of going anywhere. We’re all so connected all of the time -- through Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat. We love social media. But with all of the good that instant connections bring into our lives, social media is likely causing plenty of bad. If you’re feeling a little drained from your favorite social media vice, take a look at these reasons why a little break may be due in your life.

Because It’s Bad for Mental Health

Social media tears our mental health down little by little. We spend all day looking at these perfect images. We compare them to our seemingly mundane lives, and we begin to feel bad about ourselves and the direction our lives are taking. This leads to a decline in mental health, and pretty soon, we’re constantly feeling anxious and depressed. Instead of allowing this to happen, put the phone down. Stop looking at social media and stop wishing your life was like someone else’s. This simple step may be hard at first, but over time, it will likely boost your mental health in a significant way.

Because It Allows You to See Your Own Life

Taking a step back from social media gives us a chance to see our own lives clearly. Suddenly, without all of that noise in the way, we can see that maybe our lives aren’t so bad. We have friends and family. We have a home. We have a job. We have plenty of things to celebrate. But it might take this separation to be able to see these good things again. If you’re feeling down about your life, step back for a few days and see if you feel better.

Because You Might Find Something Better

Here’s the thing: Many who step away from social media never go back. Why? Because they find that life without social media is so much better. There’s less stress. There’s more time. There’s real life out there to explore and participate in. If you feel like you might be wasting massive amounts of time on a social media platform, taking a step back may show you that there are other things, better things, out there to enjoy instead.

Social media isn’t all bad. It’s allowed us to connect to people across the world that we might never have connected with otherwise. But too much time on social media has definitely harmed overall wellness in our society. Don’t be afraid to take a step back. Doing so might allow you a little freedom and a boost in health that makes you feel better than you have in years.

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

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