How to Use Social Media Positively
- Balancing Act – Have a limit on social media time. A study about social media usage indicated that those who spent less than 2 hours on social media a day, reported having lower levels of depression and anxiety. Try using apps which limit social media use or moving the apps from your home screen so they are out of sight.
- Curate Your Feed – Have awareness of what content you expose yourself to. Regularly viewing content that can trigger anxiety and feelings of inadequacy can lead to negative impacts on mental health.
- Report & Block Bullies! – Cyberbullying is not ok! Help make your online space safe by reporting unacceptable behaviour.
- Try Not to Compare Yourself to Others - It’s important to remember that social media rarely reflects all aspects of anyone’s life authentically; rather just a small highly edited snapshot of their life!
- Follow Accounts that Make You Feel Good – Social media is here to stay; it is important to tailor your accounts to positive content to inspire and motivate to shape your usage into a positive one.
- Cull Negative or Triggering Accounts – To keep your usage a positive experience it is important to try and minimise exposure to accounts that may invoke negative feelings.
For more information go to https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/in-focus/6-tips-on-how-to-use-social-media-in-a-positive-way & https://au.reachout.com/articles/5-ways-to-tame-your-social-media-use