We live in a society today that is ruled by technology. We have access to so much more than we did ten years ago. There are a number of ways for us to stay connected these days thanks to social media. Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. There are times when social media can get toxic and bad for your mental health.
Living with a mental illness, I’ve found at times that social media has been toxic for myself. When I find myself feeling negative towards social media or I start being overly self critical; I know it’s time for me to take a breather from social media. While there are many positives for having social media, there are also some negative aspects to it.
Social media has been a blessing for staying connected with family and friends across the globe. It’s great being able to stay connected with those in your life who you don’t get to see as often as you would like. I love scrolling my feed seeing pictures of my family and friends enjoying their lives. Social media has been an incredible tool for staying connected with those in your life.
There are situations where social media can get to be toxic. We have the Internet at our disposal and it can be so easy to get lost in that void of being stuck behind a computer or phone all day long.
One way that social media can be toxic is cyber bulling. Cyber bullying has become more popular in a negative way. Unfortunately, it’s become more common for individuals to go through cyber bullying. Cyber bullying has made it easier for those bullies to target more people since they aren’t face to face and are doing it from a computer or phone.
I was cyber bullied during my years in high school. Experiencing it first hand, I know how hurtful it can be. It caused my depression to worsen and it dropped my confidence levels. It’s heartbreaking to see others go through that because I know how hard it can be facing a situation like that.
Another way social media can be toxic is comparing ourselves to others we see on social media. Majority of people on social media only share the “highlights” of their life leaving out the behind the scenes and not so pretty moments. I’ve gotten caught up in the comparison game numerous times especially on Instagram. I will catch myself comparing my body to another girls, wondering why my stomach can’t be flat like hers.
I’ve now learned that the comparison game gets you nowhere. The comparison game is only toxic and harmful to your mental health. It’s when I remind myself that what that person shares on social media is just a tiny part of their life. We don’t know their entire story or what their current life situation is. We are all uniquely and individually made so no two people are the same.
When you find yourself getting caught up in those negative thoughts or find yourself feeling negative towards social media; give yourself a break. It can be so refreshing to take a breather and focus on the other areas of your life. Spend a little extra time giving yourself love and attention that you deserve.
“A healthy mind, in a healthy body.” Is the knowledge who you are and what you need do, to be the best version of yourself.
Hello, This is my first blog written here. So let me introduce myself real quick. My name is Rosa-Lynn and I am an occupational therapy student. Also, I have a small blog myself PrettyRose. But once in a while, I will write a blog especially for you here. For me personally, December is the busiest month of the whole year and really really stress full. That doesn’t help my anxiety.
Without noticing it, tension can build up in your body. As a result less energy and many other symptoms. So I will share some tricks you can do at home to detox yourself from stress. Which often work for me.
SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
People often say you have to shake the emotion away as in forgetting it. But what if real shaking works? An American dr. David Bercili he developt the Tension Release Exercise. This is based on shaking your body. So saying this, here is an exercise I do.
I lay down with my feet against each other and my knees up. Slowly drop my knees to the ground and back up and do this for a while. I notice that after some time almost my whole body starts shaking. I know this sounds weird but you have to try this yourself. And while you do this, try to relax.
A lot of tension is stored in a muscle in the back. A friend of mine thought me a simple trick to release tension in my back. For this, you need a bouncing ball, one that is a little bigger than the normal one. You put the bouncing ball between your back and the back of a chair. Especially on the spot that feels tense/painful. You put a little pressure on the bouncing ball in a circular motion, don’t use too much pressure. Just enough to move the bouncing ball. While you do this your body will send more blood to that area and releases the tension.
Something else what you can do is give yourself a shoulder massage or ask a loved one to help you with this.
I always notice that when I am more stressed or my emotions are high my breaths get shorter. So something I have been doing for years is what I tell my 10 seconds rule. I close my eyes and count to 10 slowly. While I focus on my breathing and slow down my breathing. Some breathing tips:
- In with the nose and out in the mouth.
- As you breathe in your belly should rise. As you breathe out your belly should lower.
- Try to take three full breaths.
- Try to imagine that air around is giving you peace and calmness while you breathe.
Sleep is the most important thing for your body. It heals you mentally and physically. When I am stressed getting to sleep is a lot harder and staying asleep.
This is something I just started doing. I have an app called stretching on my phone and when I am more tensed I do a full body stretch of 15 minutes. Just to relax and put my focus on something else. This with instrumental music makes me sleep like a baby.
I hope those tips can help more people than just me. If you have any questions about any of the exercises feel free to leave a comment. And this won’t be the last you have heard from me.