As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, DC have been discussing how we could all use social media in a beneficial way.
First, consider the style of content you’re choosing to consume. Do the scantily clad models make you feel empowered or envious? Does the internationally recognised artist make you feel inspired or insufficient? Will those fitness guru videos give you life advice or a feeling of guilt?
We all perceive the same image differently, and it can have various effects on each of us. Don’t follow the latest social media superstar if their content doesn’t make you feel good enough. Missing out on a conversation’s much less to worry about than doubting your own worth. You have a choice when it comes to who you follow – if they aren’t making you happy, they shouldn’t be on your feed.
When do you use social media? The digital world lets us connect to others almost instantly, communicate with friends from the far corners of the world and update everyone in our lives with our latest happenings. But are you using social media as a patch for real-life interactions? Spending too much time on your own can have detrimental effects on your well-being and social skills. ‘Me time’ is great, but if you’re out for dinner with a friend – the rest of the world’s tweets and grams can wait.
Lastly, we all need to remember the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Recent years have seen groups of social media influencers enter the public eye to express the stress they’re under to curate the perfect feed. This constant demand to be perfection has led to overly edited images, and a life lived exclusively online by a fantasised version of themselves.
Remember to always keep your own well-being in mind. If we fill our feeds with positive and happy things, we’ll not feel as bad about ourselves. Life’s too short. We should enjoy the content we scroll through and post the things we want to. Always look after number one.