Substitutes For Social Media
Limiting Screen Time These Days
Now that we are limited in what we can do and where we can go in this uncertainty, it's easy for us to turn to our screens to pass the time. Although scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram may seem like a decent way to kill a few hours, it can actually be taking a toll on our mental health. Though it is a great way to stay connected with others and see a few funny memes, it is easy to get sucked into the negativity and hate that is being shared right now. This negativity can travel through the screen to invade our thoughts and depress our moods.
To combat this, some may choose to jump into the classic “Digital Detox” with zero screen time for days at a time. But it is important that we stay updated with some of the things that are happening in the world and let our loved ones know that we are safe. The solution to this dilemma? Limiting our screen use. Recently, I decided to limit my screen time to 90 minutes per day. I have found that this is just the right amount of time I need to check my social media accounts, but not get too sucked into it. I have also noticed that I feel a lot less stressed, I am more productive, and I even feel happier!
Take a break from social media and try these creative ways to pass the time! These activities can boost your mood and ease your anxious feelings:
- Journaling: Grab an old notebook and get to documenting! Start a dated entry by writing all of your feelings and emotions. This is a healthy way to “release” your emotions and can be very therapeutic for some people.
- Make a digital quarantine “time-capsule”: Take a few pictures of your family, pets, and friends (on FaceTime of course), and upload it to a digital folder. This “time-capsule” can help you look back on some of the happier memories of these weird times.
- Dance: Find a fun Zumba video online to follow. This can help relieve stress and give you a good sweat!
- Read: We all have that one book we have been reading on and off for a few years. Now would be a great time to sit by a sunny window to finish it up.
- Color: Although this may seem silly, print off a few coloring pages online and grab something to color with. Coloring has been proven many times to be an effective stress reliever and mood booster.
So if you are starting to feel stressed and anxious from social media, take a little break, read a book, or sit outside to get some fresh air! And most importantly, wait and check social media tomorrow!