It's perfectly normal to feel anxiety when you are looking online and through social media posts. You're not alone. Many people find themselves in the same situation, looking for answers, trying to process what they have read or seen. If you feel like topics, posts, or messages you see online create stress or anxiety, it might be time to take a break.
Managing stress and the resulting anxiety means finding good coping skills to get you through the present moment. Here are 10 things that you can do to combat social media stress & anxiety:
- Disconnect…One of the best things to do when feeling social media stress is to step away for some time, whether it's an hour, a day, a week, or even a month. Don't let it be in control of you!
- Practice being in the moment. If you are having a difficult time with this, try a Room Tour.
- Enjoy meals or other activities with no devices present.
- Center yourself with some deep breathing or meditation.
- Stay connected with others who are important to you. Talk with them about your feelings in person if possible. Don't self-isolate.
- Write down your fears and worries in a journal or notebook.
- Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. A healthy sleep routine may include putting your phone on “do not disturb" while sleeping.
- Exercise every day. Go outside and get some fresh air.
- Be Kind to yourself and to others.
- Call or text Your Life Your Voice and speak with a trained counselor at 800-448-3000.