Social media is a huge part of life and while it can be fantastic for keeping up to date with people and sharing your stories with the world, it can also be fraught with comparisons and negativity.
All these issues can take a toll on our mental health and as mentioned in a recent post, I’ve had to take steps to protect my mental health on social media. Last year, I was caught up in some blogger drama and since then, I’ve been a lot more cautious on social media in order to make sure I don’t get negatively impacted again.
But what can we do aside from take time off from our screens? Well, not a lot. Social media platforms don’t exactly make it easy to protect our mental health when using their sites. Taking time away from your screens can majorly help your mental health and social media detoxes are often my last resort in a time of crisis. As much as I love my Twitter feed, I can’t deal with some of the crap when I’m in the midst of a crisis.
On thing I mention in my Valentine’s Day post is blocking certain words on social media to streamline the content I want to see and ignore content I don’t want on my feeds. Twitter is great for this and my block lists contains various words and topics I find triggering or anger me too easily.
As I run a blog, social media is a huge part of my life and daily routine but sometimes it gets far too much and I have to switch it off or limit my usage
I find it best to not just block the one phrase, but block variations of the phrase to ensure content doesn’t slip through the net. Last thing I need in the middle of a mental health crisis is to see triggering content I didn’t quite get rid of.
Another thing I find helpful is blocking people. Blocking people on social media can sometimes be seen as social warfare and leave people wondering what they did wrong but if your content upsets me or triggers me in anyway and it keeps appearing on my feed, I’ll likely block you so that I don’t see it. It’s nothing personal against you but it stops me from impacting my mental health.
Maybe that sounds harsh or controversial and unnecessary but at this point, I’ll do anything to look after my mental health.
In order to enjoy using social media, it is sometimes vital to do things to protect ourselves and health online and sometimes the only way to enjoy using social media again is to stop using it for a while. Sounds really counter-intuitive but when you really sit down and think about it or put things into practice, it does make sense.