Is Social Media Affecting Your Mental Health?

I read an interesting article recently on the ‘Scroll Free September’ campaign, which is urging young people to log off social media for a month. I cannot begin to imagine the pressures social media causes for teenagers and it could be very beneficial for your mental health to go without the likes of Twitter and Facebook for a month.

Mental health is a very important issue and perhaps a more common problem than many people realise. Did you know one in four people will experience mental health trouble in their lifetime? That’s a very significant number of people.

Social media can have a detrimental impact on us because it can be difficult to get away from. It is really easy to use it for many hours every day. I would certainly recommend going without it for a month, or at least reducing your usage!

I appreciate how addictive social media can be, so I would like to use my column to offer some tips on how to boost your mental health.

One great way to improve your mental wellbeing is to be active – what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mind. If you want to get active, think about physical activity in the broadest sense. Even a bit of walking can help!

There are plenty of activities you could take up such as football, tennis or swimming. Have a think about what you might enjoy doing, as it can brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge. If you’re busy you also won’t be tempted to use your phone!

I would also advise ensuring you get enough sleep, which is vitally important to ensure you start the day right. Around seven to eight hours is the average amount of sleep an adult needs for their body and mind to fully rest.

Writing a “to do” list for the next day before bed can organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions.

If you are struggling with mental health problems, it is crucial you tell somebody. It could be a friend, family member or someone else you trust.

If you’ve been feeling down for a few weeks, visit your GP or call NHS 111. Your GP can discuss your symptoms with you and make a diagnosis. Do not suffer in silence!



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