In the world that we live in, you can do just about anything from your phone. There’s an app for everything and the devices are never too far from our reach. 📱 Not only can we do just about anything online, but we can also talk to just about anyone; technology has allowed us to be connected with the world 24/7. 🌎 So, with this boom in technology and social media in recent years, should we be asking if our screen time is affecting our mental health? In this article, we discuss that exact question.
Ways that screen time affects your mental wellbeing
Screens and sleep 💤
Most of us know that going on our phones or laptops before bed isn’t the best for our sleep. Endlessly scrolling through social media and binging your latest series obsession is proven to be related to a decrease in our sleep quality and duration. Sleep is vital for healthy mental and physical wellbeing, in turn, having an interrupting factor such as screens could lead to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
To ensure your technology isn’t taking a toll on your precious sleep, you could try turning off or limiting your use of them for an hour before you go to bed. This might be the perfect time to read that book 📖 you’ve been meaning to or start journaling ✏️ to ease your mind before bed 🛌.
Screens and self-esteem 🤳
Social media is one of the main reasons a lot of us are glued to our phones. It’s a great way to stay connected and up to date with the ongoings of our friends and family; however, it also creates a huge room for comparison. The perfect life is flaunted around our screens almost every day by some we’ve met and some we’ve not, it’s easy to begin comparing yourself and your life with those on the internet. Comparisons as such could result in low self-esteem and negative self-talk, in turn, this could mean your mental wellbeing takes a dive.
If you notice yourself comparing yourself to people you see on your screens, try taking a social media break and partake in some confidence-boosting and feel-good activities such as hanging out with friends 👭 or exercising 🏃♂️ away from technology. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and comparison is a real thing especially with social media!
Can screens help in a positive way? Screens for good 👍
It’s easy to blame our screens and technology when we’re feeling a bit low, but the truth is, it’s up to you how you decide to utilise your technology. You could use your phones and laptops to get work done, stay connected with friends and family, find new exercises and find resources that aid your mental wellbeing. 🧠 By using your technology intentionally, you can use tech in a way that benefits your mental wellbeing rather than harms it. We have access to a lot on the internet, so find out the best way to use it in order to stay mentally and physically healthy 🤸♂️
Let’s summarise how screen time affects your mental wellbeing 🙌
Technology is a great tool to have and allows us to do so much, you can even say goodbye to paper and have all your life admin in one place! But assessing how you use your screens and choosing to use them to benefit you could do wonders for your mental wellbeing.
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