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4 Benefits of Taking a Break from Social Media

Lisa Laporte highlights why breaks from social media are good for our health.

Social media has become commonplace in most people’s lives. It allows you to stay in touch with people, read the news, connect with online followers, and read comments on a daily basis. However, constant use of social media turns distracting, which leads to procrastination and isolation from loved ones and prevents you from completing tasks you need to get done. Spending too much time on social media can lead to various issues, even though there are also endless benefits to it, It’s important to periodically take a break when you feel like you’re spending too much time on social media, even if it’s for a short period of time.

Reconnect with the real world

Plug into the people and places around you instead of social media. Find time to actually see someone in person instead of sending them a message online. Connections with family and friends are more meaningful than an online post or sending a quick emoji. Spending time together keeps human contact alive and can help combat loneliness. Spending time in nature can be incredibly rewarding and offers more than a simple picture online would. Make it a point to be in the moment and seek out beautiful sites rather than look at something online.

Valuable free time

Gain valuable free time to do productive things such as working, exercising, and taking care of other important tasks in your life. Complete chores and errands at the same time it takes to read endless posts and write comments online. Use the time to get a head start on future tasks and forgotten hobbies such as reading books or doing crossword puzzles. Instead of endlessly scrolling through a newsfeed, set goals and work toward them.

Health advantages

A break from social media improves common health issues such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Anxiety and depression reduce significantly when there’s no pressure to meet the standards you see on social media; it can be difficult to feel like everyone around you has the perfect life when all you see are curated social media posts. Less time spent on your phone can reduce mental health concerns and also help improve your sleep. Many people sleep with their cell phones close, and the noise and vibrations from calls and notifications cause irregular sleep patterns. Turning off or silencing the phone puts sleep above social media, which is important. A good night’s sleep increases attentiveness, energy, and happiness.

Privacy control

Too much information is visible online through social media, and usually anyone can view it, including job recruiters, government officials, and hackers. Social media continues to ask for personal information such as email addresses and cell phone numbers as a security protection. In the wrong hands, this information can lead to hacked social media accounts or identity theft. Be careful what you post online and regularly evaluate your privacy settings.

Take time to step back from social media, even if it’s just for a short time. You’ll notice great benefits and feel more relaxed.

Originally published at lisalaporte.net

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