Megan is 17 years old and decided to get involved with student life because she sees it as an opportunity to share her experiences and advice surrounding mental health.
Social media rules our lives. I know, like many of you I’m sure, I often spend too much time just looking through my feed, not taking in anything of much importance. I’m not saying social media is a bad thing, as it can create friendships and much more. It’s how we keep up with everyone, share our holidays and experiences, coffees from artsy cafés and selfies with friends. I love using social media to share my corner of the world. But when does it become a bad thing? The answer: when it adds to your stress.
Social media is often a cause of stress.
You can find yourself comparing your outfits to others, thinking about if they are having a better time than you. But that isn’t a healthy mind set. The constant updates and refreshing feeds make us feel like if we don’t keep up, we’ll miss out. That’s not true. Spending hours at the weekend sitting around on your phone won’t do anything except add to the stress. What you do when you pass the time on social media is miss out on what’s going on around you. The stress of keeping up can have a serious impact on your mental health, which many of us know to be true, myself included.
So, here’s my advice. Take a time out. There are many apps available that can freeze social media apps for a couple of hours, so take advantage of them. Spending hours upon hours scrolling isn’t the most productive use of time, so turn your phone off or leave it in another room for a while. You’ll see an (even if it’s a small) improvement in your stress levels in no time.
Also, find something else to do. Spending time on social media can take away from homework, or hobbies. If you see homework piling up, use the time you could’ve spent on social media to start tackling a task or two, or even find a new hobby
Social media can be a good thing but knowing when enough is enough is also good.