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5 ways to have a healthy relationship with social media
Thursday, 8 October · 2 min read

If you’ve been staying at home more, you may be spending more time online and, in particular, on social media.

For many people, social platforms have been a lifeline this past year. It allows you to access news quickly and, more importantly, connect and engage with friends and family.

According to surveys by UK mental health charity Mind, 61% of young people in the UK have turned to social media to help them cope during the coronavirus pandemic.

But studies suggest excessive use of social media can have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. For example, negative intercations could leave you feeling low and research has linked the rise of social media use to sleep and stress issues.

If you’re worried about how much time you spend on social media — or think it’s affecting your mental health — try to:

  • limit how much time you spend on social media — switch off notifications after a certain time in the evening or leave your phone in another room when you go to bed to avoid using it just before sleep
  • be aware of the impact of social media — understand that it can be addictive and how it can have a negative effect on body image, self-esteem and your mental wellbeing
  • be selective about who you follow — you can have a more positive experience on social media by avoiding toxic or harmful content
  • look for positive influences — find and follow people who make you feel positive and inspired
  • think before you post — consider how anything you write or share on social media may affect others before publishing it
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