There can be many benefits to social media – keeping in touch with people far away, getting updates from around the world, keeping us more ‘connected’. However, the great ways that social media was supposed to benefit us has turned out to be quite detrimental to our overall health.
Mental health problems are at an all-time high. Anxiety, depression, jealousy, and addiction are all factors that come hand in hand with the use of all types of social media. Comparing our lives with others at all times, focusing on other people’s stories than our own and giving up real hobbies and interactions with sitting reading our phones is a real problem in modern society.
Summer is a wonderful time to get outside and truly enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Whether it’s sitting on your porch or balcony and having a moment to yourself, or heading to the park with a picnic or some running shoes the benefits of getting out, having real interactions with real people and breathing in some fresh air can do wonders for our mental health. Swapping a hike, no matter how big or small, with your social media routine, can be hugely beneficial. Hiking and being outside greatly reduces your possibility of long-lasting mental health issues, a simple swap of environments and getting back to basics and you will feel a world of difference.
We are an example to our children and the youth that surround us. Show them the benefits of being outside and truly enjoying it. Plan a family walk on the weekend or encourage heading to a social event rather than chatting online.
It’s time to make the changes for the long run, swap our dead-end routine and start nurturing our health both mentally and physically.