Social media addiction
There is joy to be had out there in the real world, so embrace it, welcome it with open arms
Sacrasm aside, you must realise that it's perfectly fine to turn off your phone, and any tech device for that matter, or silence it and set it aside at times. You don't have to be reachable 24 hours a day. Make your phone and social media work for you and use it as a tool to increase productivity instead of letting it distract you from what's truly important.
Ah swimming. I miss it when I'm not doing it, a bit like sex with a passionate new lover. Though swimming leaves me much calmer, connected and less likely pregnant. I mean, I seriously hope less likely pregnant. What are the chances of getting pregnant Virgin Mary style in a public swimming pool I wonder?
Set yourself limitations on your connectivity throughout the day. Yes you CAN reply to emails wherever you are, but that doesn't mean that you SHOULD. Remember your mental health is the most important thing that you should be considering - you are no good to anyone if you're stressed and frazzled.
In that same way, there are three major benefits that you can try to seek from social media and you really have to think about whether you actually are getting those benefits or just think you're getting them. In this short video I talk about three ways in which social media can trick your mental health and well-being and what you should do about them. The three areas are:
Your excuses are excuses. Every time I talk about quitting social media everyone tells me why they want to but cannot. Most people don't take advice, no matter how good it is. Don't be like most people.
Short, shareable and preferably cute kitty cats... that's what resonates with the social media generation. And who doesn't
We obviously know that social media represents an idealized version of people's lives, but still can't help envying them. In fact, a few years ago German researchers found that the main motivation of people going on Facebook was to get social gains in reputation and improve their social status. In other words, comparison is inevitable.
Sleep deprivation is increasingly linked to mental ill health in children (illustration: credit) Countless reports of cyberbullying
The world around is changing and I can't wait to see what the future brings. But does that mean it has to be at the expense of social interaction? The laughter heard between friends? Or the touch of a loved ones skin? You can be anyone online but in real-life you have no option but to be you.