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3 Ways to Escape From Social Media

By Stephen R. Farris

If you spend much time on the internet, particularly social media, then you know how it can leave you feeling drained and sometimes downright depressed. 

Most of us wake up every day and the first thing we grab is the smartphone and click on our favorite social media app, only to find political scrabbling, postings of false information, or the latest flame war.

It's no wonder our mental health can be affected by social media platforms, as if we didn't have enough in our lives -- work, mortgage, bills, etc. -- to worry about.

But the trend can be broken. You can slowly break yourself from the distraction of social media and eventually bring back a little more peace of mind.

Delete Those Apps

One quick way to begin your journey to peace of mind is to pick up your smartphone and delete those social media apps. Yes, it will be hard, especially if you've grown addicted to them. It doesn't necessarily mean you have to get rid of them altogether, but they won't be as handily available. So now, you're off to a good start.

Schedule Your Social Media Use

Just like most things in life, we work around schedules. Whether it's your job, picking up kids from school and taking them to their activities, or cooking dinner. The same should be applied with your social media platforms you're using. Schedule a time each day to access your social media accounts. Set a time limit so you won't sit and scroll through all the posts for hours. After all, you do have a life outside of social media. Isn't it time to start living it fully?

Be More Selective With Your Social Media Viewing

There's plenty of information on social media that is not factual. It may take a little more digging, but if you use social media for news content, try selecting one of the television stations you enjoy, or newspapers. Most every TV or newspaper has a social media account that they will post videos of their newscasts or breaking stories. By being more selective, it may leave you more time to actually pick up a book to read when you're craving some quiet time away from all the negativity of the world that sometimes creeps into our lives.

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

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