I have been hyper sensitive about mental health recently and that is why I am following a lot of great people like Cashier Myricks on social media, who discuss things that you can do to help with your own mental wellbeing. Cashier is so vocal about this and I know that he has helped a myriad of people this last year who have been struggling with their mental health, and he often shares incredible messages of support and inspiration. One of the best things that I have discovered this year with regards to mental health is the focus on switching up your social media, in order to help you, and here is how.
Who You Follow
One of the most important points to mention here is that when you are on social media, scrolling away, even the stuff that you are not focusing on registers in your brain. This means that if you have a Twitter feed which is packed with people talking news, politics, conspiracy theories or any other such negativity, then this is what your brain is going to see. Given that our brain works in this way, it is a far better idea for you to fill up your list of people you follow with those in the healthy living community or with comedians, and this will greatly help you to feel more positive about things.
Impact of Social Media
Something which the likes of Cashier have been discussing since the very beginning of this pandemic has been the importance of managing your time on social media. The reason for this is that most of what we see is untrue, yet it has a profound and lasting effect on our psyches. For example you only have to look at the reward system which social media has in place, which serves to keep you interested and keep you coming back. Those likes do not define who you are, yet we are made to feel that way. If you tweak your social media and just involve yourself with positivity then you can break this cycle.
The Cesspit of Social Media
Social media in the main, is a cesspit which follows in a circular motion. One person pretends to be outraged by something, and then has a shot at someone else, who then passes that hatred on. The reality here is that none of these people are angry or filled with hate, yet social media makes you believe that they are. This is all just excessive negativity which we do not need to hear, and which actually impacts us in a horrible way, leaving us feeling moody and desperate, two emotions which we certainly do not need to feel right now.
Focus on spending just 1 hour per day on social media, make sure that you have people who you follow who post inspiring and motivational positivity. If you can do this then you are going to be able to completely transform yourself.
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