Jun 26, 2024 | Mental Health

How a Social Media Detox Can Improve Your Well-being

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A social media detox can be a beneficial practice for numerous reasons, impacting both mental and physical well-being. Read on to learn some compelling reasons you might want to consider taking a break from social media. 

Helps reduce stress 

While we can’t avoid all the things that make us anxious or cause stress, there are some things within your control! Constant access to technology can cause burnout from social media or news outlets.

A recent study on social media impacts found that “women are more likely to feel negative rather than positive emotions in self-comparison to others.”  

Social media use can have a negative impact on our mental health. It can be difficult to resist comparing yourself to what others post online. Sometimes you may need to unfollow certain accounts for the sake of your mental health. Replace them instead with accounts that make you feel encouraged and inspired. Summer is a great time to consider a social media detox if you feel like seeing perfectly curated images is triggering.  

Improves mental health 

Anxiety and depression are closely linked to social media consumption. Doomscrolling is the act of continuously consuming negative news or information online, often leading to increased anxiety and stress. The more you spiral down these rabbit holes of negative content, the more likely you will see an increase in negative feelings, impacting your sleep, appetite, and desire to do things you usually enjoy.  

A social media detox of one week can help reduce anxiety and depression, and doing any kind of phone detox can improve your mental health

Improves sleep quality 

The blue light from screens can also disrupt the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Excessive screen time before bed can negatively affect your sleep patterns. Replace your pre-bedtime social media scrolling with reading, listening to calming music, or doing some relaxing yoga to help you drift off to dreamland.  

Increases productivity 

It is easy to start scrolling your favourite social media platform and completely lose track of time! By taking a social media detox, you allow yourself the time and opportunity to participate in other activities that bring you fulfillment and joy. You will be less distracted and tempted to check your phone, leading to more productive ways to spend your time. 

As we near July, it is likely that you will be choosing to spend more time outdoors, catching up with friends, and enjoying the sights, sounds, and events that summer brings. With that, you will probably find yourself spending less time on your phone, mindlessly scrolling. Keep track of your mood over the next while and see if decreasing your screen time and social media consumption has helped increase your mood and mental health.  

Have you ever done a social media detox? Would you consider doing one this summer? If you do, let us know if you experience any positive outcomes! 

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