How Can I Develop A Healthy Relationship With Social Media?

In an always moving, hyper-connected world; social media is a tool used for a multitude of things, and often to our benefit!

But have you ever noticed your mood slipping after a good scroll?

Or have you ever found yourself distracted in your conversation with friends and family? Or even reaching for your phone the first moment you’re left with your own thoughts?

You are not alone.

In fact, we’d venture to say that most of our society is right there with you.

Have you ever heard the words:

“you become who and what you surround yourself with”?

As human beings, we have the capacity for deep, complicated thoughts. However, smartphones and social media are designed with an addictive mindset in order for us to stay captivated for longer periods of time (and keep coming back).

This means we don’t take the time to stop and think.

Without the challenge that deep thought brings, it makes it more difficult for us to grow and better ourselves! Recently, we listened to a podcast by Dr. Caroline Leaf that says it takes only eight hours of time spent on social media to begin to alter our brains. That’s just one workday!

Now don’t get us wrong, when it’s used in moderation social media can have some amazing benefits. That being said, it could also do wonders for your mind, body, and relationships to take a break from time to time.

What are a few ways we can develop a healthier relationship with social media?

If you’re feeling resentful when scrolling:

Immediately interrupt that thought by saying something positive about that person! Don’t forget to say something nice about yourself too! Often times social media just gives us a snippet, and if we knew the other person’s story, we might not have those feelings!

If you’re feeling bored when scrolling:

Take a 15-minute walk outside- without your phone! This way, you’ll have a moment to think about whatever is on your mind without the option of “passing the time” on social media.

If you’re feeling dissatisfied when scrolling:

say 10 things you’re thankful for- out loud! It will help you to refocus and remember all the things you do have going right!

When used lightly, social media can be a great tool to stay connected and expand your community!

Just remember, it’s okay to take a break.