Social Media Anxiety, Knowing When to Unplug and Take a Break

Social Media Anxiety

As a blogger, I am on social media a lot. I promote my blog and other social media content, interact with social media posts, share fellow bloggers work, and stay on top of the news. However, when social media anxiety rears its ugly head, I’ve also learned when to switch off.

Social media anxiety, knowing when to unplug

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. I enjoy celebrating other people’s wins, catching up with the latest in fashion, home decor, and yummy recipes. However, I’ve also learned to recognize when I start to feel resentful, jealous, or bitter. When I get that pit in my stomach, which is making the online experience a negative one, that is when I need to switch off.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when on social media, which can help with you maintaining a healthy sense of self.

 

Awareness

Be aware of your reactions to the images you are seeing. If you start to feel the slightest bit of angst while on a social media platform, turn it off. Shut down the app and walk away.

 

Season of Life

There are certain seasons of life that can make you less tolerable to certain posts on social media. For example, if you are facing financial difficulties then you probably aren’t going to have a positive reaction to someone’s vacation photos or photos of a big purchase. It is important to acknowledge where you are in this season of life so you can make healthy decisions for your own mental health.

 

Know Your Triggers

Do you tend to feel jealous when you see photos of friends with one another? Do you feel excluded, or can you separate yourself from those photos and appreciate their experience? Are there other things that trigger a negative reaction within you? For instance, photos that lead to you feeling less, or leave you feeling like you don’t have enough? Knowing your triggers and intentionally avoiding those types of social media interactions would be a healthy choice for you.

 

Take a Break

There may be times when any type of social media post may just stir some negative feelings within you. If that’s the case, take a break. Not just a couple of hours, but a day or two. It is rather liberating to not feel so tied to the phone or computer. Do something that will be beneficial to your mental health, such as reading, knitting, coloring, crafting, cooking, or anything that gives you that much needed break.

 

Surround Yourself with Positive

There are so many people whose focus is on posting positive messages, on faith, or inspirational material. Surround yourself with feel good messages online so that your experience is always satisfying.

How do you respond to social media? Is there something you do to maintain a healthy sense of self?

 

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About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

Comments

  1. Great advice. Social media is a blessing and a curse. We’re so much more connected now, but that makes it so much easier to be bombarded by really nasty things.
    Stacie recently posted..5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip #RTAmazonKETMy Profile

  2. Great tips, for sure. A lot of people can’t manage their usage, and that needs to change! It’s definitely hard when every aspect of our lives is online and connected to devices, though!

  3. I wish I could unplug from social media so easily. A big part of my job requires me to use it. I try to stay away from my personal newsfeed on Facebook when I’m feeling negative.

  4. I really need to unplug from social media more often. I work on the computer and even when I am off the computer for the night, I find myself checking social networks on my phone way too often.

  5. Reesa Lewandowski says

    It’s crazy how this has become a thing. I know I need to unplug when every little thing on my phone annoys me!

  6. This is so so important! I sometimes wonder how kids can manage this when we adults can’t even!

  7. So important to not get wrapped up in it and let yourself be and not compare so much, social media is tough to get caught up in.

  8. This is a great reminder. Too much social media can be really stressing. Thanks for sharing your tips.
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  9. I get anxiety from social media all of the time. It can be so overwhelming sometimes. Taking a break is very helpful.

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