Social media can be a great tool for networking and staying in touch with friends and family. But what happens when scrolling through your feed begins to take its toll on your mental balance? If you notice any of these three signs, it may be a good idea to consider taking a social media break.
You Can’t Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
We all love to share our accomplishments on social media. What’s not to like, right? It’s a good way to keep everyone posted about the positive things going on in your life. The problem is that with everyone posting about diets, travels, job promotions, and more, it’s almost inevitable to fall in the comparison trap. Let’s face it: nobody can keep up with the achievements of hundreds (if not thousands) of people. If checking your social media accounts begins to trigger this type of stress, it’s time to consider taking a break.
Checking Your Social Media Has Become Automatic
We’ve all been there at some point. Waiting for your Uber? You check your social media. Waking up? Let’s take a look at those posts. Going to sleep? You feel you have to catch up with the people you follow. Before you know it, checking your social media becomes a habit—and one that’s hard to beat. While you don’t necessarily have to stop using social media altogether, research suggests that 30 minutes a day is the sweet spot where social media makes us feel connected instead of overwhelmed.
Using Social Media Prevents You From Getting Things Done
This is a big red flag you shouldn’t overlook. If you notice that your social media use is making it more difficult for you to meet deadlines and get things done, then it’s time for some self-reflection. Be more mindful about the way you use social media and notice what triggers the impulse to constantly reach for your phone. You may discover that you use social media when you feel frustrated, sad, or when you want to put off doing a task that feels too challenging. Once you have gained a deeper insight into your own habits, you may consider doing some of the following:
- Leaving social media definitely or for a couple of days, weeks, or months
- Limiting your social media use to a certain amount of time per day
- Deleting your social media apps
- Replacing social media with another hobby or activity
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