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How to soothe your social media stress

Posted on the 1 August 2018

From tweets to posts to photos, memes and messages. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the online world, you’re not alone.

In fact, several studies have found links between increased social media use and mental health issues.

And it doesn’t stop there. The digital world can also distract, deflate and disconnect us – making us feel more lonely and insecure than ever before.

But with social media forming the backdrop of our everyday lives, it’s crucial that we learn how to swipe and type in a positive way.

Here’s 4 tips to help you thrive in the social media age:

Stop and reflect on your social media sphere

Social media is like food. It can be toxic and unhealthy. Or fun and enriching.

It all depends on which pages you like – and who you follow.

Ask yourself: am I feeding myself junk? Or am I using social media to fuel my mind with positive messages?

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So nourish it wisely, by unfollowing anyone who encourages your inner self-critic.

Schedule in online time

Five hours and 34 minutes. That’s how long the average Aussie spends online – every single day.

One hundred of those minutes are spent on social media. With the figures even higher for teens.

And the problem is that most of that time is lived in a mindless state.

By deciding when you will use your device, and for how long, you’ll become more aware of your social media habits – and how the online world makes you feel.

Consider a digital detox

We all love a challenge. And a social media cleanse may be just what you need.

The rules: no seeing the world through a screen for at least 24 hours. That means no Twitter, no Instagram, and definitely, no Facebook. You can keep ‘cleansing’ for days, weeks or even months.

During your digital detox, take time to reconnect with family, friends and nature. You might find that you sleep better, feel less anxious and are more active.

Spend more time in real life

It’s easy to confuse your aesthetic, airbrushed feeds for reality. But they’re not.

And the best way to remember this is to spend more time in front of people – not screens.

While social media can be an amazing, helpful tool, it’s communication, not connection.

So if the online world is making you feel more stressed and alone, put down your phone and chat to a person. We promise you’ll feel better.

But if you need more support, our team is here. We’ll listen to your concerns and help you create a tailored plan to flourish in the digital age. Call us on 1300 995 636 to learn more.