October 10, 2020
This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when all of our lives have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has also increased our time on social media!
A lot of us have been using social media regularly which has led to illnesses like depression or anxiety. Taking a break is always an option but what about the people whose work requires them to scroll through these platforms and be constantly active?
If you are an influencer, social media strategist, or any business owner, how can you solve this complicated and troublesome problem?
Working from home has no doubt become difficult for a lot of us because of the increase in screen time and isolation, as earlier, we were used to a vibrant co-working space and office structure. We have already shared some useful tips for that.
So, if you are a creator, or a social media strategist or someone who spends a lot of time on social media, it’s really important to have a check on yourself and your co-workers and find the support you need. If you are in need of psychological support, don’t hesitate and book a session now.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out because we are in this situation together.
Take a break from Social media
This is the most simple yet ultimate solution for a mental health problem related to social media.
I know, I know that when your work is being on social media, this becomes really difficult. Believe me, last week I myself had a reality check that I was unknowingly addicted to Reddit and Instagram. This led to my bad sleep cycle and increased anxiety and stress levels. Hence, I followed the following steps which you can too.
- Track how much time you spend on social media each day and then set a goal and DON’T exceed it.
- Just turn off your phone at certain times of day like when you are in a meeting, or working out or having dinner, etc.
- Keep your phone in another room while you are sleeping. Don’t bring it to bed.
- Disabling social media notifications really helps because I know it’s hard to resist those dings and beeps. But this definitely helped me increase my focus.
Follow positive Accounts
We are aware of the fact that there is a lot of negativity on social media. While you can’t stop those people, but you can definitely control what you are consuming. Follow pages that make you happy like memes or inspirational pages and unfollow those that don’t!
If you can’t unfollow some people because they are your friends or colleagues, mute them on Instagram and Twitter while you can unfollow them on Facebook and still be friends.
You can also follow people who are honest in their feeds and make you feel like one of them, those who talk about mental health or body positivity.
People like pulling down others and that’s the basic livelihood of trolls. They criticize and bully people. But thanks to Instagram, now you can turn of commenting on your posts and also block some of the phrases or words
Not only that, but you can also restrict the accounts that are bringing negativity to your feed.
Self Care is not only a trending word
A lot of you might be talking about self-care on your respective accounts but don’t forget to follow it yourself.
And this doesn’t have to be an expensive retreat. My self-care regime is- watching The Office, eating my favorite food, or dancing to Old Bollywood songs.
Here are a few self-care ideas you can try at home.
- Missing Workplace fun? Watch these comedies! Not only these will make you laugh but you might also feel nostalgic and have an hour of gossip call with your colleague.
- Meditate. The problem is we don’t actually know what it really means. It’s not “doing nothing” but focussing and calming down your mind and body. Only 10 minutes can make a huge difference in your life. If you are new to it, you can take help from apps like Headspace, Spotify, etc.
- Have ‘casual’ and ‘fun’ zoom calls with colleagues weekly. Here at Do Your Thng, we have been doing these meetings since the lockdown began, and trust me, there’s something therapeutic about connecting with our peers after a stressful week and these meetings are one of those elements which keep us going through the next week.
If you are in India –
The mental health rehabilitation helpline, KIRAN, can be called from landline and mobile phones across the country at the number 1800-599-0019
Not only that, if you want to seek help from professional psychologists, you can book a session now.