Tips for Tech Health

Last week I spoke on a panel at BlogHer covering mental health and social media, a topic I talk about a lot here but one that can’t be covered enough, in my opinion. Especially with the rapid rising rate of depression and suicide in teens and young adults.

With the over consumption of “highlight reels” on social media comes a real struggle with comparison, FOMO and feeling less than. I don’t think anyone is immune to these feelings, myself included. So, I wanted to share an updated post on some of my ‘tech health’ tips. These tips help me create boundaries with my phone and ultimately make me feel good (most of the time) when using social media because what I seek from the platform is inspiration and positivity. Here’s how I help achieve that:

1. Cleanse your feed

When you scroll through your feed, are there accounts that you follow that give you negative thoughts or alter your mood for the worse? If you don’t need to follow those accounts because they aren’t personal friends who follow you back, get rid of them! Cleanse your feed on a regular basis to create the most positive social experience you can have by unfollowing those that don’t serve you and following those that do.

2. Mute

We’ve talked about the mute function on Instagram before – it simply allows you to hide people’s photos and stories from your feed, and it’s something I’m a big advocate for. Unfollowing can often feel harsh when it comes to personal relationships and can cause hurt feelings/drama with others. If you find yourself unable to unfollow for personal reasons, try using the mute function. You can always unmute when you feel like you’re ready to welcome them back into your feed.

3. Screen time app

If you’ve never looked at your screen time app, stop what you’re doing and do it now! It’s such informative info and beyond that, you can set time limits for apps. I personally have a daily time limit for Instagram.

4. Turn comparison into drive and gratitude

Comparison and competition can be a very healthy experience but it can also make you feel not so good, too. When scrolling through social, if you find yourself comparing yourself to others in a way that is harmful to your mental health, try turning that around by turning comparison into gratitude.

5. Limit phone use in general

I strive to keep my phone not only out of my hands but out of sight while I’m with my family, one hour before bedtime, and for at least the first half hour when I wake up. It’s not always doable, but setting these boundaries helps make it more achievable.

What are your tech health tips?

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  1. These are really great tips. I do many of them too, but it’s always great to have a reminder. Just like decluttering your house is a continual process, I find I have to keep doing it on social media too.

  2. I’m a big fan of the “mute” feature as well. Sometimes you don’t want to offend someone’s feelings by unfollowing them, so when their posts pull you into a negative headspace that’s a BIG help! To help, I also try to spend about one weekend a month having a ‘digital detox’ where I don’t look at social media at all for 48 hours.

    xo- Kelly

  3. I am a huge advocate for cleansing your feed and only following accounts that influence you in a positive way! I used to follow so many accounts, which some of those left me with a feeling of lower self-worts and maybe even something like jealousy? Horrible feelings, so I cleansed my feed years ago and now I do not only follow a very limited number of accounts that also seem to stay constant over time, but also only ones that inspire me and make me strive for bettering myself – and some are just there for entertainment purposes and that is ok as well! 🙂
    xx Janine

  4. I wound up having a “detox” last year and ditching my smartphone in favour of a Punkt. mobile phone (a “dumb phone”). It worked pretty well and I stuck with the dumb phone for a few months.

  5. I had a flip phone for years hardly use my phone now that I have a smart phone.It is an addiction.It stimulates the same center of the brain as opioids Fomo is hitting those same receptors.Fyi

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