Have you ever thought how badly social media affected your life? Sometimes, the impact is unnoticeable. Some other times, you can feel real anxiety just because of what goes on your phone screen.
Social media dependence, FOMO (fear of missing out), tons of notifications… oh, modernity. That’s everyone's life now. And it makes sense because, ultimately, that's the way we have to stay in touch with others as our lives get busier —not to mention the global pandemic that is definitely changing the way we relate to people.
People are constantly bombarded with information through social media and they’re scrolling their Instagram feeds like zombies. This is such a big thing that there is a name for it already: doomscrolling.
Here’s a list of 3 steps that will help you control your social media anxiety.
1-Make it less simple to “connect”
Delete the apps. As our phone now is part of our body, it might be healthy to delete the apps that are causing you problems. If you have them on your phone, they’re too easy to use. You are more likely to spend lots of time doomscrolling. The goal is to be conscious of the amount of time spent on social media. This, coincidentally, brings us to point number two.
2- Schedule the use of social media
Even though social media can give you fun memes, get you in touch with friends or be aware of new job opportunities, if you are scrolling in excess things can get rough. The goal isn’t to ban all social media forever, no. The goal is to be conscious and use it a definite amount of time every day. Starting with 2 hours a day will change your whole perspective and, eventually, you will even be able to reduce that timing.
3-To be or not to be… selective
Once the apps are erased, it will seem like there are a lot more hours in a day and you will find time to read some books or listen to some good quality content podcast.
It's all in your hands: it might be rough for the first couple of days, but detoxing from social media certainly pays off!
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