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  • Writer's pictureMegan O'Brien

Protecting your mental wellbeing on social media

practicing mental wellbeing

As a social media agency we believe it is equally important to disconnect as it is to connect. Social media platforms present a complex landscape, while there's endless opportunity for connection, community building, success, creativity, you have the pressures of curating your life, comparing yourself to others and online bullying.

But what are the biggest route causes of mental health decline on social?

The Pros and Cons of Social Media Wellbeing

At its core, social media is designed to facilitate connection. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok enable us to stay in touch with friends and family, share moments of our lives, and engage with communities of like-minded individuals.

However, the constant stream of carefully curated posts depicting seemingly perfect lives can leave us feeling inadequate and disconnected from others. The prevalence of online harassment and cyberbullying can further isolate individuals, leading to negative impacts on mental health.

But let's explore the negative side of social media and its effects.

Comparison Culture

Comparison culture is a killer. Whether it's comparing our appearance, achievements, or lifestyle to those of our peers, the culture of comparison cultivated by social media can take a toll on our self esteem and mental wellbeing.

The pressure to present a flawless image online can contribute to a distorted sense of reality, where we measure our worth against unattainable standards set by others.

The Rise of FOMO

FOMO or the fear of missing out has lead to a constant barrage of updates and notifications can evoke feelings of anxiety and insecurity, as we fear that we're missing out on experiences, events, or opportunities that others are enjoying.

This fear of missing out can drive compulsive behaviours such as endless scrolling, checking notifications, and comparing ourselves to others.

FOMO can detract from our ability to live in the present moment, as we become preoccupied with what others are doing rather than focusing on our own lives.

So, how can we cultivate a healthier relationship with social media?

While the impact of social media on mental health is undeniable, it is possible to cultivate a healthier relationship with these platforms.

Set Boundaries: Establish boundaries around your social media usage, such as limiting the amount of time you spend on these platforms or designating specific times of day for checking social media.

Practice Digital Detox:

Take regular breaks from social media to disconnect and recharge. Use this time to engage in offline activities that bring you joy.

Be Selective With Who You Follow:

Be mindful of the content you consume on social media and curate your feed to include accounts that inspire, educate, and uplift you.

Unfollow or mute accounts that trigger negative emotions or comparisons.

Practice Self Love: Be kind to yourself and practice self love. Remember that what you see on social media is often a curated snapshot of reality, and it's okay to prioritise your mental health and well-being above likes and shares.

By understanding the ways in which social media influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, we can take proactive steps to mitigate its negative effects and foster a healthier relationship with these platforms.

Ultimately, it's about finding a balance that allows us to enjoy the benefits of social media while prioritising our mental health and well-being above all else.

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