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unfriending the frenzy: how to make space from social media for a healthier you

March 20, 2023

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, but it can be difficult to hold boundaries when it comes to our use of these platforms. The constant stream of updates, notifications, and content can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to step away from our screens. The problem is that overuse of social media can hurt our mental health, leading to feelings of self-doubt, loneliness, and even depression.

One of the main reasons it can be hard to hold boundaries with social media is that we often compare ourselves to others. We see pictures of our friends and acquaintances living their “best lives” and it can be easy to feel like we’re not measuring up. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Additionally, social media can also contribute to feelings of loneliness, as we may start to rely on it as our primary source of social interaction.

So, how can we set boundaries and hold ourselves accountable for them when it comes to social media? Here are a few tips:

  1. Set time limits: One of the simplest and most effective ways to set boundaries with social media is to limit the amount of time you spend on it each day. Use apps like Self Control or Cold Turkey to block access to social media for set periods or schedule regular breaks throughout the day to step away from your screen.
  2. Be mindful of your content consumption: Be mindful of the types of content you’re consuming on social media. Are you constantly scrolling through pictures of other people’s perfect lives, or are you engaging with content that makes you feel good about yourself? Be selective about what you’re exposing yourself to and make sure it aligns with your values.
  3. Unfollow or unfriend: Social media can be a powerful tool for staying connected with loved ones and friends, but it can also be a source of stress. If you’re constantly feeling bad after scrolling through a certain person’s feed, unfollow or unfriend them.
  4. Set a daily reminder: Set a daily reminder to check in with yourself and evaluate your social media use. Are you using it in a way that makes you feel good? Are you using it to connect with others or to compare yourself to them? Use this time to reflect and make adjustments as needed.
  5. Find other activities: Social media can be a great way to pass the time, but it’s important to have other activities in your life as well. Find hobbies, interests, and activities that bring you joy and that you can look forward to.

By setting boundaries and holding ourselves accountable for them when it comes to social media, we can take control of our use of these platforms and make sure that we’re using them in a way that’s healthy for us. Remember to be kind to yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others.


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