Living in an age of constant digital engagement like we do can take a toll on your well-being. Studies show that an unhealthy amount of screen time and social media can lead to issues like anxiety, depression, and brain fog. Because of that, taking occasional breaks from both your screens and social media make a big difference in how you feel on a day-to-day basis and overall mental health. But, with the constant presence of platforms like Instagram and TikTok and the pressure we sometimes feel to engage, taking some time away can feel like a challenge.
Here are a few tips to help you take a step away from social media and regain your mental health:
- It doesn’t have to be forever…or even all at once: Studies show that even short social media breaks can make a big difference. One study reported that cutting back to thirty minutes a day improved users’ feelings of anxiety and loneliness, and resulted in fewer sleep issues, while some researchers suggest taking a one-week social-media break.
- Fill screen time with new activities: Use your social media break to catch up with friends or take in a new hobby or exercise routine. Not only will your mental health improve from taking in less screen time, but you’ll feel a boost from in-person connections and stimulating activities.
- Give yourself a helping hand: Tell friends that you’re taking a break so they’ll know how to get in touch with you. If you find the temptation to pick up your phone and open Instagram, delete social media apps from your phone, keep your phone in a room that’s away from you, or turn off notifications that might entice you to sign back in. You can also download apps that will help you to track your screen time and spend less time online.
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