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  • Candice Beaton, LCSW

Social Media & Anxiety: Practical Tips

Love this article, it gets at the heart of a lot of conversations I have been having related to anxiety. The moral of this story is we need breathers from our phone to assist in improved mood, reducing anxiety, and reconnecting to what really matters! Although getting a flip phone may not be in the cards for everyone, here are some additional practical tips:

  1. Night Night, phone! Seriously though, give your phone a bedtime. It can be all too tempting to go on Tik Tok or instagram and become exposed to people, places, and situations that add to stress. This tends to happen at night which subsequently can make it harder to fall asleep.

  2. Plan your social media time. Rather than going on your phone when bored or need a break from work, plan for it! Not going on social medial isn't realistic for many, so try to condense it rather than seeing your screen time for the week and being in shock. For example, one could try a 15-30 minute timeframe 1-2 times a day.

  3. Have an accountability buddy! As with many things, having someone to be accountable to improves our ability to follow through. This can be a partner, roommate, or your bestie you've been wanting to connect more with.


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