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3 Reasons to Lay Off Social Media

By Genevieve Cunningham

Social media -- things like Twitter and Instagram and Facebook -- have really taken over in the world of relationships. It doesn't matter how many real friends you have, it's all about the followers. But even though this is the way of the modern world, it may be incredibly detrimental to our health, especially our mental well-being. If you, like everyone else, are a little too devoted to social media, check out these reasons to give it a break.

To Stop the Comparisons

When we spend time on social media, we inevitably compare our lives to everyone else's. While this may seem relatively harmless, the constant comparisons can lead to anxiety and depression. This is especially harmful because social media is not an accurate representation of normal life. We see other’s third or fourth ottake compared to our rough draft. To get a break from these misrepresentations, a break from social media might be necessary.

To Ground Your Expectations

Social media can give us false expectations. Watching celebrities and other people live lives of extravagance can make us feel inadequate. We begin to think that our best isn't good enough. That we're supposed to have a huge house and Range Rover at the ripe old age of 21. But the truth is that you probably won't have these things, and that's OK. Give the account a rest, and you may be able to ground your expectations back into reality.

To Give the Eyes and Body a Rest

Social media is used on a technological device of some sort. Phone, tablet, laptop. While this isn't really a problem in and of itself, excessive time spent on a device can cause eye strain, back pain, and neck stiffness. Sometimes it's slight, but it's almost always present. Getting some time away from social media means getting time away from the device, which may then give these areas a much needed rest.

Social media can give us access to new people and relationships, which can certainly be a good thing. It can help us stay connected to those who are far away. But if it's not used in moderation, it can seriously harm our mental health. Take a break from time to time. Give it a rest, even if it's a small rest, and you may be able to protect your mental health long-term.

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

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