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Unplugging for Mental Wellness: The Impact of Scheduling Social Media Breaks

Updated: Jan 12

In the digital age, social media has become an integral part of our lives, shaping how we connect, consume information, and perceive the world. However, the constant presence and engagement with social platforms can have profound effects on our mental health. Let’s dwelve into the importance of scheduling time off social media, supported by compelling statistics.

1. Anxiety and Depression:

Research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology links heavy social media use to increased rates of anxiety and depression.Taking breaks from social platforms can alleviate the constant exposure to curated content that may contribute to these mental health challenges.

2. Sleep Disruption:

The National Sleep Foundation highlights the role of screen time in disrupting sleep patterns.

Setting designated periods free from social media allows for better sleep quality, positively impacting overall mental well-being.

3. Comparison Culture:

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 69% of adults admit that they compare themselves to others on social media.

Scheduling breaks helps individuals break free from the comparison trap, fostering a more positive self-image and reducing feelings of inadequacy.

4.Productivity and Focus:

Studies from the University of California, Irvine, suggest that it takes an average of 23 minutes to refocus after an interruption.

Limiting social media interruptions by scheduling breaks enhances productivity and concentration, promoting better mental focus.

5. Harassment and Bullying:

A survey by the Cyberbullying Research Center indicates that 37% of young adults have experienced cyberbullying.

Taking time away from social media provides a respite from potential negative interactions, safeguarding mental health from online harassment.

6.Mindfulness and Presence:

Research in the Journal of Social Psychology emphasizes the importance of mindfulness in reducing stress.

Scheduling social media breaks allows individuals to be present in the moment, fostering mindfulness and reducing overall stress levels.

In conclusion, the statistics underscore the impact of social media on mental health. By proactively scheduling time off these platforms, individuals can reclaim control over their well-being, mitigating the negative effects associated with excessive digital engagement. Prioritizing mental health through intentional breaks from social media contributes to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little ambition in order to get a large amount of peace" .- Ralph Marston


About Monica

Monica is a wife and mother of two teenagers. Passionate founder of Zazen Meditation & Self-care Studio. She is a firm believer in the physical and spiritual healing of meditation. Monica shares her passion by empowering individuals in her community, facilitating workshops in Mindfulness, Holistic self-care and Emotional regulation. 

Under the umbrella of Mindfulness practices, Ayurveda Care, Yoga Therapy and Conscious Breath Work.  Monica empower her clients by offering guidance to alleviate stress, regain physical, mental and emotional balance, facilitate recovery from life’s shocks.

Monica is trained in classical yoga , Ayurveda Care and Yoga Therapist, Restorative Yoga for emotional balance, Healing meditation and Mindfulness based stress reduction. Monica is a strong advocate for mental health in her community to break the stigma. She uses her voice to raise mental health awareness. Extensively collaborates with  non-profit organization, Youth Mental Health Canada. She enjoys cycling, moon gazing and spending family time.

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