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Social media time-outs and our mental health

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

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Social media has innumerable benefits for the disabled community. These benefits include:

  1. Companionship and the ability to keep up with friends and family

  2. Eliminates idle time

  3. Can keep you up to date on local and world events

  4. Helps you discover like-minded people and people with similar life experiences

However, it is helpful to note that like anything in life, social media is best in moderation.

Using social media in all of your free time has its downsides, and these include:

  1. Increased depression

  2. Anxiety

  3. Loneliness

  4. Worthlessness

When you find mental health declining because of the time you’re spending on social media it’s best to take a break for a day or two. This can include surfing the internet on your phone or taking calls. If you can take half days off of social media and your phone regularly. Even better if you can try a few times a year take a full week off!

Rest is one of our most powerful tools to manage our disabilities and have health in ourselves and perhaps some peace!

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