Here are some ideas that might help to make your feed a more positive place to be:
- Unfollow accounts that make you feel terrible.
- Use social media as a second-best way to manage your relationships (with ‘in real life’ ways of communicating being optimal).
- Try using voice calls, video chats or good old snail mail to communicate with your pals.
- Avoid online drama – not your circus, not your monkeys, not worth getting involved and having your phone pinging back tit-for-tat notifications.
- If you find that you can’t stop checking social media (to your detriment), try a time-limiting app, such as Forest, or disable notifications to give yourself a break.
- Bring your thoughts back to your own values and goals, rather than what you see scroll past.
- Remember that everyone you follow is sharing their ‘social media persona’, not their real life or true self. There’s no point comparing yourself to something that’s not really, truly real.
- Focus on connection on social media, not consumption.
© Prevention AustraliaFirst published: 26 Aug 2021