How to Manage Social Media and Mental Health
By Abby McGee, LSCSW
I don’t know about you, but I love social media, I just don’t always know how to manage social media and mental health. I love to see what my friends from college and from my hometown post as an update on their life. It allows me to keep up with their weddings, children, and families. Getting to see a window into their lives and all the highlights that they choose to post.
Now, we all have heard that Instagram and all the other social media outlets are just that of a “highlight reel” of your life. It was one thing seeing all the happenings of people who we know, but now we are faced with ad marketing, self-help tips, DIY home improvement projects, and even mental health advice when we scroll through our feeds.
How are we supposed to guard ourselves from the comparison of others when all we see is the image of others doing it all, being experts in all things, and looking amazing in the process?
If you’re like me, you want to figure out a way to continue to use social media to stay connected to old friends (and let’s be real- it can be entertaining to look as well) while maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself along the way. So let’s look at some options for how to manage social media and mental health.
I don’t think social media is going away anytime soon, in fact I only think that it is going to continue its growth and impact on our lives. We must learn to protect ourselves, our families, and our children when we are using these apps.
We, at Doors of Hope, are excited and able to walk with you as you and your families navigate the role of social media in your lives and how to manage social media and mental health. Call today!