We spend a lot of time on social media. It can help us connect with friends, share our lives and interests, stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world and get support.
But our experience of social media isn’t always positive. Misinformation, peer pressure, content that is distressing and unrealistic representations of others’ lives can all take a toll on our self-esteem and lead to feelings of anxiety.
It can also be easy to get absorbed in a spiral of content that fuels negative thoughts and has a big impact on our mood.
Spending too much time on social media and viewing things that aren’t helpful or which make us feel upset or anxious can disrupt our sleeping patterns and can take us away from the things we enjoy doing away from our phones.
It’s all about balance and staying aware of our feelings.
Here are our top tips for looking after your mental health when using social media.
If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, text SHOUT to 85258 to start a conversation with a trained volunteer. We’re here for you 24/7.