By Your Headspace Mindfulness & Meditation Experts
Socializing is a vital part of our lives — it helps us feel more connected and create community. When we’re apart, using social media makes it easier to stay in touch and maintain those connections. It has other benefits, too, such as allowing us to practice social skills in a low-stakes environment, find new friends through shared interests, and preserve memories. But we all know that social media isn’t without its downsides.
Many of us can relate to losing track of time or feeling unmotivated after a mindless scroll. And it’s easy to feel lonely when we’re only communicating virtually, or worse, we might feel a sense of low self-worth in comparison to the pictures of perfection we see online — whether they represent reality or not.
If you’re hoping to establish a healthier relationship with social media, understanding the impact it has on conditions like loneliness or anxiety is key. With this knowledge, we can learn how to take a mindful approach to social media use, gaining greater control over our digital behaviors and feeling less controlled by them in our real lives.
Social media can take a toll on our thoughts and emotions
With mindfulness, we can learn to focus on the good parts of social media and avoid the common pitfalls
Try 8 meditations to use social media more mindfully