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Social media plays a significant role in our current society. Most people have a profile on one or more sites. Social media can be great because it helps to connect people. Many online platforms and support groups offer great resources. However, social media can also negatively affect self-esteem. Here are a few tips on not letting social media negatively affect your self-esteem.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

How do you feel while on social media? Do you absentmindedly scroll? Do you find yourself feeling bad because you do not think you look as good as other people you follow? How do you feel when you post your own photos? If you find your self-esteem is based on the number of “likes” you receive, that could be a sign that social media is negatively affecting you.

Limit Usage

How often do you find yourself on social media? If you know your use negatively affects your mental health, try to start with limiting your usage. When you restrict your usage, you will fill your time with other activities. Find activities that help to build your self-esteem and recharge your mind.

Stay Connected to Support

Social media gives you the chance to connect with people from all over the world, which is one of its strengths. However, it is also vital to stay connected with people with who you can actually see and physically spend time with. As you work on your mental health issues, having a solid support system you can lean on can be comforting.

Practice Self-Care

Remember to practice self-care. Your self-care may look like participating in outdoor activities, reading a book, or going to a yoga class. When you can learn to recharge and take care of yourself mentally, you may find that social media affects you less. Know your worth, and always remember that social media does not tell someone’s complete story. You see only what other people want you to see.

Has social media affected your mental health? Try to acknowledge your feelings while you are on social media. If you know that social media causes you problems of some sort, limit your usage and focus on practicing your self-care. Also, remember that support is vital when working on mental health issues. Stay connected with your support system and talk with them about how you feel. Here at The Guest House, we can help you understand your emotions. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about how we can support your journey of healing and recovery.