Mental Wealth!

Mindset Matters

In a world where you can never switch off, where there’s always someone posting an amazing experience on Instagram, someone who seems to be achieving so much in life, someone who has a lovely house and beautiful family, we seem to be constantly wishing we were someone else due to social media. And in this generation we are all programmed to think we need technology in order to survive, in order to be in the now.

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The Negative Effects of Social Media on Mental Health

  • A number of studies have found an association between social media use and depression, anxiety, sleep problems, eating issues, and increased suicide risk, warn researchers from the University of Melbourne’s National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, in an article on The Conversation.

  • The CNC in America recently revealed the suicide rate in the US has grown nearly 25% since 1999, with Dr Nassir Ghaemi telling CNN part of the blame must lie with the rise of social media.

  • A 2015 study by the University of Missouri found that regularly using Facebook could lead to symptoms of depression if the site triggered feelings of envy in the user.

  • Another link has been made between sleep disruption caused by excessive mobile phone use at night and depression and unhappiness.

  • A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry found people who spend the night checking social media are more likely to suffer from mood problems such as neuroticism and bipolar disorder, and rate themselves as less happy and more lonely.

  • Analysing data from 91,000 middle-aged people, researchers found those with “poor sleep hygiene” - such as checking Facebook late at night - were 6% more likely to suffer from depression, 11% more likely to have bipolar, and scored their own happiness as 9% lower than those who had good sleep hygiene.

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Overall social media can play a huge roll in how we feel from day to day! Here’s some tips into what you can do in order to improve your mental health:

1) Have a 10pm cut-off point for mobile use which would give the average adult time to wind down before switching off the lights.

2) Switch your phone off one day a week! Instead of scrolling through social media on a chilled out Sunday, switch your phone off, grab a book, go for a walk, get in touch with a friend!

3) Delete social media apps for one week including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Write down or go off how you’re feeling each day! Do you feel better for not having social media? Do you have more time?

4) Unfollow any accounts that don’t make you feel good! Simple as, just press that unfollow button!

5) Lastly make sure you have something else to do other than scrolling through social media, organise a catch up with a friend at the local coffee shop, find a good book, go for a long walk etc! Trust me, you’ll feel so much better for it!

Take these tips into account and see how you get on! Look after your mental health…at the end of the day, it’s just as important as your physical health! And if you’re ever struggling, never bottle it up, ring a friend, tell your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend, sister, brother!