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Is Social Media Affecting Your Mental Health?

Does Social Media Affect Mental Health? Read on for some tips to start setting better Social Media Boundaries.

By

Parker Sheil

on

March 9, 2020

This article discusses mental health in a very broad spectrum. If you or a loved one need support for mental health issues, please seek advice from a licensed medical professional. The Canadian Mental Health Association has a hotline (416) 646-5557. You can also use Layla to match with a Licensed Therapist in Toronto. 




Does Social Media Affect Mental Health?


Yes. As an influencer, you’ve probably already heard that Social Media can negatively affect mental health. Instagram use has been shown to especially correlate with depression, anxiety, and decreased self-esteem. Um, great… What do you do when your job/business requires long hours on social media?


First of all, know that it’s ok! Everyone feels down sometimes. In fact, Mental Health America estimates over 46% of all Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Below, we’ll dive into some tips for mindfully monitoring your social media habits as a content creator.



Where's The Line Between Moodiness And Mental Health?


Our bodies aren’t machines, and it’s normal to not feel 100%, 100% of the time. But if your mood swings are getting hard to manage, it might be time for some self-reflection. Try a body scan meditation or talk it out with a friend. If you just feel off - and can’t get more specific, take some time to check-in with yourself. The Canadian Mental Health Association has tons of free online resources to identify mental health symptoms (like this quiz), or you could read through a list of emotions to name and connect with your feelings on your own. Once you get in touch with your feelings, you might be happily surprised how quickly they deflate. 



How Can I Set Better Social Media Boundaries?


If you want to build an empire, you have to hustle! But, the more 24/7 work becomes, the harder it can be to take a step back. Which can be challenging, because as a content creator, you need space to let your creative juices flow.


To start setting better social media boundaries, get specific with your priorities. It’s easier to say no to one task, in favor of a more important one. Establishing clear priorities (and sticking to them) makes it easier to hold clear boundaries. 

Pro-Tip: Prioritizing time/energy towards business development means it’s ok to let some comments/DM’s go unanswered. You’ve got an empire to build!

 

Time batching is a great way to clump small tasks together, leaving you free to ignore notifications/distractions later. If you set aside specific times during the day for emails or Instagram engagement, you’re free to ignore those red notifications. Email-hour, afternoon-edits - focus on the same task for a set time frame, and then let yourself forget about it after. 

Pro-Tip: Out-Of-Office isn’t a status reserved for office culture. Decide which hours you need to be online, and then honor your commitment to stay offline!


Sometimes you need to detox. If you’re worried a weekend social media break might hurt your brand, share it with your followers. Opening a chat about mental health self-care could be helpful for your followers, and it’ll hold you accountable to stay offline. Plus, chances are that some of your followers are trying to spend less time on social media themselves.


Finally, for a  treatment that's totally luxurious and *free*, take a page out of Arianna Huffington's book (literally). Arianna Huffington successfully wrote fifteen books, founded/sold The Huffington Post, and currently runs Thrive Global as founder/CEO. Her secret to success? Sleep. If one of technology’s most influential female entrepreneurs can find time to sleep….so can you! We promise!



Final Words


Sometimes it takes more than a good night’s sleep to keep mental health healthy. If you or a loved one is struggling with any kind of mental health issue, the Canadian Mental Health Association offers help and support both online and at (416) 646-5557.

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