Updated: May 15, 2019
Hi Makeup Addicts,
May is mental health awareness month and at Makeup Addiction HQ we feel it is incredibly important to take the time to practice and develop habits that will help keep our minds healthy.
Our brand is based mostly on social media and as such we would like to take this opportunity to focus on 5 tips that we feel will help minimise the damage to our mental health that an excessive time spent on social media can cause.
Tip #1: Control Your Social Media Feeds
It is very important to curate a social feed that is right for you.
For instance your feed could be made up of inspiring, happy accounts that make you feel good, yummy healthy food accounts that will inspire you to eat better.
Follow people who are open and honest about their mental health which will go a long way in helping you to feel better about your mental health too.
If you’re comparing your body, house, or lifestyle to those perfect Instagram influencers, and it’s making you feel bad, you can unfollow them!
You can mute keywords on Twitter, which hides particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags from your timeline. You can choose to mute them “forever” or just for a limited time, which is especially helpful during world events or news cycles that can be hard to read.
Tip #2: Monitor Your Screen Time and Set Limits
With the latest version of iOS on iPhone, you can track and monitor the time you spend on your phone and on social platforms.
You can even set a time limit for using apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You’ll be notified when that time is about to run out, and you’ll be reminded to close the app.
You can also use the Moment app, which not only breaks down screen time for you and your family, but also offers insights and free coaching to help you spend less time on your phone.
Tip #3: Set Self-Care Goals
When life feels stressful, it’s important to take care of yourself. Sometimes it can be hard to remember to do simple things like drink water, take your medicine, or go to bed on time.
But it’s important you make time to do these simple things!
Tip #4: Take a Social Media Break
If you’re going through a hard time right now and need to detach more.
Try these 5 steps .
1. Eliminate Gadgets for One Hour Before Sleep and After Wake Up
You should spend the first hour of your day setting your own plans and agenda. You should be proactive in setting the direction of your day, not reactive. This way, you can determine how you want your whole day to go, not simply reacting to how other people want you to spend your day. During the first hour of your day, you can pray, meditate, connect with yourself, set your to-dos, and set your goals.
You should also spend the last hour of your day preparing to rest–your body and your mind. If you check your social media profile before going to bed, your mind will not get the rest it deserves as you will fill your mind with your friends’ updates on their news feeds, which do not necessarily make your life any better in any way or give you rest.
2. Turn Off All Your Push Notifications
It does not only save your battery life, it also saves you from a lot of distractions. Turn off all your push notifications from email, chat, and social media applications. In case of really urgent matters, people will give you a call.
Success is about momentum. How can you gain momentum when notifications keep distracting you?
3. Keep your phone in a drawer while you’re working.
Sometimes, merely seeing your phone can distract you whether or not your notifications have been turned off. So, why not take the extra mile and completely hide it away from your sight given you can still hear urgent phone calls?
Again, it’s all about building momentum..
4. Use Only One Device for Checking Social Media
Facebook on your desktop, on your laptop, on your smartphone, and, now, even on your Apple Watch? That’s great! For Facebook that is. But, not for your focus and productivity. The more devices you have that can log in to your social media profiles, the more distractions you have to avoid.
Of course, you still have to be connected online. But, use only one device to do so. This will help you condition your mind (and discipline yourself) that your gadgets are your tools for doing more important things than aimlessly scrolling down your news feed.
5.Give Yourself 30 Minutes to Stay Connected
Yes, you still have to log in! Being connected through social media is really a must in this technology-driven world. But, set a time limit for it. Otherwise, you will only waste hours each day. Give yourself thirty minutes (an hour at most) each day to respond to text messages, check notifications, accept friend requests, and respond to comments. I know you still want to.
Tip #5: Ask For Help When You Need It
According to the Mental Health Foundation, “fear of discrimination and feelings of shame are among the top reasons people give for not telling their family, friends and colleagues about their mental health problems.”
Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.
Even if you’re feeling fine, raising awareness about mental health is important for reducing the stigma.
Here are some physical and mental signs and symptoms to look out for in yourself, or your family and friends.
Anxiety or feeling listless, Low mood, Difficulty concentrating, Lack of creativity, Fatigue and Exhaustion, Headache, sGastrointestinal disorders, High blood pressure, Difficulty sleeping, Increased susceptibility to colds and flu, Muscle tension and general bodily pain
However you’re feeling right now about your time spent on social media, it’s always good to be aware of your thought patterns, or any signs that your body’s telling you to slow down.
Do you or someone you know need immediate help?
If You are in the United Kingdom
Contact the National Suicide prevention lifeline at: : 08457909090
If you’re in the United States:
Contact the National Suicide prevention lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255)
Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741
You can find all international crisis lines here.
Source for tips: Here
Source for steps on taking a break from social media here.