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Social media and news can help you stay connected. But it can also be overwhelming. It can disrupt your day. And it's easy to develop habits you didn't mean to.
Try these tips for using social media and news in a healthy way.
Maybe you want to use social media to share creative things you're working on. If so, use it only for that. Log off after you've shared your work. When it comes to news, it's important to know what's going on in the world. But if you're trying to stay caught up on the day's events, do you need to keep an eye on the headlines all day? Maybe a check-in once a day is enough.
Does seeing what friends are sharing make you happy? Or does it make you feel down? Pay attention to how you're feeling the next time you're on social media, and decide if you need to make some changes.
People filter what they share on social media in order to tell a specific story about their life. Usually, that story is going to be a shiny one. For example, you might see tons of pictures of all the great things your friend saw and did on a weekend road trip. But you're probably not seeing pictures of the three times she got carsick during the drive. Point is, even if what you're seeing is a true story, remember that it's never the whole story.
Let's face it, the news can feel heavy. Try to find balance by focusing on things that make you feel happy. Check out social media accounts that focus on your interests or on things that make you laugh. For example, maybe you could follow some accounts that only post videos of baby animals being adorable. If that's not your thing, no problem. Search for something that is, and see what comes up. Love vintage anime? There's a group for that. Want to share tips and hacks with other gamers? You're not alone.
Make time to disconnect. Close your apps and turn off the TV. Read a book, get outside, draw, call a friend. It doesn't matter what you choose to do. Just make sure it's something that feels supportive and worth your time.
Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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