With the original idea of social media being one that was centered around connectedness, it has now become a technological addiction that many of us face today. What we may not notice, however, is social media’s impact on mental health. With nearly 6% of the population being addicted to the internet, symptoms of anxiety, lost sense of time, work avoidance, depression, and feelings of euphoria are more prevalent today than ever before.
What a healthy dose of social media looks like
Like most things, whether it’s an activity or your favorite food, moderation is important. With social media use and mental health so closely connected, the repetitive use of social media can have a crippling effect on your social skills. It is important to make sure there is a clear distinction between your online interactions and the ones you experience in real life. Putting your cell phone aside while in a social setting will allow you to enjoy your face-to-face interactions.
Change of perspective and accountability
A second important factor is looking at what purpose social media serves in your life. Evaluate why you spend your time scrolling through news feeds and what value you get from doing this. If you dig deep enough and find an answer, your perspective on social media may change. Because social media is an open forum, being cognizant of what you post and consume is important. We are responsible for the pictures and messages we put online, so we must be sure to not act on impulse and take time to think about the words we have chosen to express ourselves if that’s the core reason why we are posting in the first place.
Relationship transparency and boundaries
One thing that can result from social media’s impact on mental health is how it affects our relationships with our loved ones. Keeping healthy boundaries while being transparent with your partner is vital but so is employing mutuality and respect. Lastly, making sure you commit yourself to the task at hand without any further distractions like social media will allow you to become more efficient and you will be able to center your focus a lot easier.
Social media and mental health have become a topic that should hold more weight. Let’s learn how we can grab the reigns in what we let affect us through social media and how we can ensure we have a happy and healthy relationship with our mind, body, and technology.
How CBT/DBT can help your relationship with social media use and mental health.
At CBT/DBT Associates, we are specialized in creating long-term behavioral changes through evidence-based treatments. Because social media use and mental health are almost symbiotic, CBT can help you break the negative cycle that you may have found yourself in when it comes to the incessant need to always be present on social media platforms. Seeking validation here is a dangerous path to head down, but learning actionable skills to break this habit is what CBT is all about.
We will match you with a highly qualified therapist that is in line with your needs based on personalized assessments. With social media use and mental health, CBT can help you with the symptoms of technology addiction that are often noticed in the form of feelings of anxiety and depression.
The importance of building a strategy
A large concern with social media and mental health in this day and age is the unending need for validation, whether it’s of your appearance or certain personality traits. This is affecting a large percentage of the youth today, especially young girls wanting to match the image of airbrushed skin and slim models on platforms like Instagram. This can lead to body image issues, low self-esteem, and social anxiety.
CBT can help with all of these issues through our therapy sessions and the CBT toolkit. The toolkit will assist in the development of mindfulness and include other assessments to ensure our counselors and therapists design a program that is suited just for you. Webinars and digital courses offered on a variety of topics will help you understand your mental state and how CBT can help you navigate these difficulties you may be facing.
Many of us feel ill-equipped to deal with the challenges that social media and mental health present to us on a daily basis. The effects of such can rear their ugly heads in your personal life and how you view yourself, as well as within your professional relationships. Seeking ways to cope with these challenges is what CBT can offer you. The adversities of life are difficult as they are and with the added impact of social media use on mental health, it is important to build a tool box to tackle these.
CBT offers online and in-personal professional counseling that will assist you in making permanent behavioral changes. We offer group therapy as well as workshops that range from 5-8 weeks that cover an array of topics. Social media has been given far too much power in our world, but do not feel alone if you are struggling with your mental health. With CBT, you will be assured that there are many individuals facing similar struggles, but we want to help you overcome social media’s negative influence and move forward to a life where you are less dependent on the content you consume each day.