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Social media and news can help you stay connected, especially right now. But it can also be overwhelming. It can disrupt your day. And it's easy to develop habits you didn't mean to.
Try these tips for using social media and news in a healthy way.
Maybe you want to use social media to share creative things you're working on. If so, use it only for that. Log off after you've shared your work. When it comes to news, it's important to know what's going on in the world. But 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? Pay attention to how you're feeling the next time you're on social media, and decide if you need to make some changes.
People filter what they share on social media in order to tell a specific story about their life. Usually, that story is going to be a shiny one. For example, you might see tons of pictures of all the great things your friend saw and did on a weekend road trip. But you're probably not seeing pictures of the three times she got carsick during the drive. Point is, even if what you're seeing is a true story, remember that it's never the whole story.
Let's face it, the things happening in the world right now can feel heavy. Try to find balance by focusing on things that make you feel happy. Check out social media accounts that focus on your interests or on things that make you laugh. For example, maybe you could follow some accounts that only post videos of baby animals being adorable. If that's not your thing, no problem. Search for something that is, and see what comes up. Love vintage anime? There's a group for that. Want to share tips and hacks with other gamers? You're not alone.
Make time to disconnect. Close your apps and turn off the TV. Read a book, get outside, draw, call a friend. It doesn't matter what you choose to do. Just make sure it's something that feels worth your time.
Social media comes with risks, like scams, viruses, identify theft, and cyberbullying. Be careful when you share information online. Only share your personal profile with people you know and trust. If someone is harassing or threatening you, block them and report them to the site administrator. Learn about how to use the privacy settings on social media and keep your security software up to date. It’s also important to teach your children about social media and help them use it safely.
Adaptation Date: 8/16/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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