3 Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship with Social Media

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It seems like now, more than ever, we rely on social media to tell us what’s going on in the world. Ever since the pandemic started, we stopped seeing friends and other people as often and many of us began using social media even more than before.

The line between work life and private life has never been this blurred. We spend most of our days staring into some kind of screen, and so much screen time is not good for our physical or mental health. Here’s how to have a healthier relationship with social media and the devices in your life.

Schedule Time

You don’t have to quit social media completely if you don’t want to, but there’s a difference between allowing yourself 20 minutes of allotted time once or twice per day and spending half the day on your phone.

Be Mindful

If you want to check Instagram stories as you’re having your morning coffee, that’s okay, and so is opening up an app to find particular information you’ve seen before. However, it’s important not to turn these short sessions into hours of mindless scrolling.

Mental Health Check

If you’re feeling down, perhaps another hour spent with your phone in the bed isn’t the best course of action. Consider going for a walk or making yourself a nice meal instead and you’ll instantly feel motivated for the rest of the day.