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How to deal with social networks while protecting mental health

How to deal with social networks while protecting mental health


The vast majority of the population uses at least one social network daily. If we start looking at a more specific group, it will also not be difficult to find people who have multiple social networks. From Facebook to Instagram, without forgetting Youtube or WhatsApp, among many others, social networks are a constant presence in the routine of many.

However, when overused they can actually be negative and have a big impact on people’s lives. Here at VillaRamadas we give you some tips on how to mitigate its effect on your daily life and on your mental health.

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These are just guidelines to put into practice. If, however, you feel that you need another kind of help to get rid of this addiction, do not hesitate to seek help and talk to us. Our multidisciplinary team can help you find tools that make you lead a more balanced life.

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Social networks vs Mental Health. Is there really any impact?

Yes, without a doubt there is an impact. Although they are essentially for sharing information, today’s social networks are still, in most cases, a showcase. As if it were a store. Each social network tries to present content that stands out and keeps the reader attentive.

How does it become a business? Well, the offer varies depending on the demand and, in this case, the demand of many is the idea of ​​finding a perfect, dream life. Thus, social networks become a reservoir of possible triggers for the mental health of many.

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And, despite its easy and daily access, many people already see social networks as an addition. The addiction to always being up to date with everything that is happening, all the trends, the latest viral publications, are, together, a very negative consequence of their uncontrolled use.

For many people, even though they may not admit to having some kind of addiction to social networks, they realize that these are drivers of isolation and loneliness. For example, viewing certain content on social networks can lead to a person starting to create various symptoms of depression, envy, low self-esteem or anxiety of others. And in a lot, for creating a direct comparison of your life with the (apparent) life of others.

So yes. Social media is an emotional trigger for many people. If they are not used in a healthy way, they quickly become the starting point for the creation of psychological problems.

Is it possible to minimize the impact of social media without going completely offline?

Yes. Through a few strategies, and a lot of self-control, anyone can live alongside social networks without them affecting their daily lives. However, it is necessary to know how to define, first of all, the limit of the healthy to obsession.

If, on the one hand, you think you’re really out of control, maybe the best thing is a general cut, with deleted accounts and going offline. But, on the other hand, if you still want to have some point of contact, maybe you can develop tools that help reduce the negative effect of social networks.

It is not an easy path, and it will always require a lot of effort, but it is the path to a more emotionally stable life.

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6 Tips to protect yourself from social media for mental health

In order to be able to deal in a more balanced way with the real situations of the real world, whether they are sad, sad or happy, it is necessary to know how to manage what is happening in the digital world. After all, social networks cannot be seen only as a stage for comparing lives or goals and awards achieved. They are also used to share happy moments or to accompany more distant friends and family.

In this way, VillaRamadas has gathered 6 tips to protect your mental health, which you can put into practice at any time. They do not represent a direct, abrupt and instantaneous brake, but a re-education of their own behavior pattern.

1. Temporary detox

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That’s right. Try to create time periods where access is completely null. You may begin to realize that you don’t need to see what happens to others so much after all, and little by little you will start watching social media for shorter and shorter periods of time.

2. Limit usage

Create specific moments to open social networks. Even if you put it on the agenda if that’s how you organize it better. Try to use your mobile phone/computer to check social media when you know you will be more alone, thus privileging any leisure time in the company of family and friends. But also with the note: do not use in the bedroom. Choose an active time of day and enjoy the last and early hours of the day always to rest and be with yourself.

3. Test your emotions

Never check social media at the same time. Try different times and try to keep a small diary where you record how you feel and what you got out of this trip through your social media accounts. Why? A quick analysis can determine which are the best to access, either by the content of the content or by the way it looks after being in “digital interaction”.

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4. Clean up your social networks

After starting to analyze more carefully what you feel when you see your social networks, the ideal is to evaluate who follows or understand who follows you. Delete all contacts that don’t add anything to your life, including those former colleagues or old friends whose posts always make you feel uncomfortable with the world or with yourself. And the same applies to brands. Unfollow all those you no longer identify with. You will end up with a profile that is more focused on what interests you and is really important.

5. Re-evaluate your own social media accounts

Are you really taking advantage of every social network? Do you use them all in the same way? Perhaps part of your anxiety stems from having multiple accounts, and feeling that you must reach all of them in the same way. No, this premise is wrong. What you should do is evaluate what you have, what type of access you have, what use you have, and then evaluate what to do. Our advice? Delete all the applications that don’t give you anything more than the feeling that you can “watch and snoop” on the lives of others. Stick with the social networks you use effectively.

6. Prioritize the moment

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Don’t be worried about posting something when it’s happening. Social networks can, and are, a place of sharing, but it doesn’t have to be immediate. Enjoy the moment, take pictures thinking about yourself and the memory you want to keep, but don’t stop the moment.

Then, if you still want to, when you’re not at a friend’s dinner, at a family party, or at your best friend’s wedding, share photos as a good memory of the moment you lived. Don’t confuse social media with real life.

Think you are not alone in this battle. Social networks exist, they are here, and their days are not numbered yet. Por isso, a equipa de VillaRamadas está aqui para o(a) That’s why the VillaRamadas team is here to teach you how to deal with them in the healthiest way possible.ensinar a lidar com elas da forma mais saudável possível. Learn to have them in your life but in a moderate, careful and positive way.


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