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How a Social Media Hiatus Is Good for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Social media is great in a lot of ways. You can stay in contact with friends and family. You can learn about current events. You can find helpful resources. There are some downsides to it too, however. Sometimes, social media can be overwhelming with so much information coming at you -- not all of which is true. Taking a social media hiatus can be good for your health in several ways.

Stopping Comparisons

It can be easy to compare your life to others when you're seeing all of the best of people's lives being posted. These comparisons can quickly eat away at your self confidence and self-esteem. You may experience poor mental health because of it. You might feel stressed thinking you're not doing enough and need to be like the others you're watching on social media. You may feel depressed wondering why you can't be and do better. Getting off social media allows you to stop these comparisons and just live your life. It's much better for your mental health.

Improving Your Tech Neck

People spend far too much time looking down at their phones as they scour social media pages. Your "I'll just quick-check Facebook for a few minutes" can quickly turn into hours spent sucked in to seeing who's been doing what and reading articles shared. This can lead to some serious tech neck. A pain in your neck will undoubtedly develop when you spend much of your time looking down instead of up. Take a break from these sites -- and your device -- and you'll improve your tech neck. Stretch it out. Look up. You may be able to eliminate or significantly reduce your pain.

Finding True Information

Lots of people share articles on social media without even fully reading them. There are scam and satire sites out there dedicated to sharing false information. When you're constantly seeing people share things, you can take the information as true unless looking for yourself. Skip social media and find true information for yourself on reputable websites. You will be smarter and better informed because of it. 

Although social media can be a great tool, it can also be detrimental to your physical and mental health if you let it. Check it out here and there but don't spend all of your time on social media sites. Enjoy other activities and time in person with your family for better well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

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