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Social media and news can help you stay connected. But all that information can also be overwhelming. It can disrupt your day. And it's easy to develop habits you didn't mean to.
Here are some tips for using social media and news in a healthy way.
Maybe you want to use social media to stay up-to-date on events in your community. If so, use it only for that. Log off when you have the info you need. If you're trying to stay caught up on the day's events, do you need to keep an eye on the headlines all day? Maybe a check-in once a day is enough.
Does seeing what friends are sharing make you happy? Or does it make you feel down? When you know how news and social media affect you, you can decide if you need to make some changes to how you use it.
People usually post about the shiny parts of their lives. It's less common to see people sharing daily struggles or disappointments. You're more likely to see pictures of a couple's romantic date, for example, than pictures of the argument they had in the car on the way there. So even if what you're seeing is a true story, remember that it's never the whole story.
The news can be heavy. Try to find balance by focusing on things that make you feel happy.
Adaptation Date: 8/18/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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