iWays to Use Social Media to Enhance your Mental Health
Guest Post by Colibri Digital Marketing
In the age of the internet, the use of social media has become increasingly prevalent. Although social media can sometimes have a bad rap, it can have huge benefits for your mental health. From finding a community of people who will invest in you to helping others by sharing your own experiences, social media has the potential to greatly improve your life.
Continue reading to learn some constructive ways to use social media that can positively impact your mind and life in ways that may even change the world.
5 Ways to Use Social Media to Enhance your Mental Health
At first, the news that social media can have a positive effect on mental health might seem surprising. This realization has already changed the way businesses approach digital marketing. Now, it can help you use your favorite social networks to improve your life.
1. Social Media can Relieve Feelings of Isolation
More people now than ever before report feelings of loneliness and isolation. As a matter of fact, a recent survey shows that more than half of the people in the U.S. have felt that connections in their social circles know them only on a surface level. So, if you ever feel lonely, you’re not alone.
Fight feelings of isolation by logging onto social media. There, you can meet people, share common interests and update your social circles about yourself and your life. After a while, you may even develop or strengthen some genuine friendships and begin to feel more confident about your place in the world.
As you become more connected, look for ways to branch out. For example, you might want to start blogging so you can become more discoverable to people who have similar interests. When you build trust with people, consider using other communications channels such as email to nurture relationships.
2. Social Media can Improve Physical Health
Many times, improved physical health naturally leads to better mental health. However, making necessary lifestyle changes on your own is difficult. Already, the digital marketing world has noticed this by bombarding you with paid advertisements for everything from smoking cessation to weight loss. Why not use social media for this?
You can find social media support groups that can provide you with the encouragement and accountability you need to make important changes in your life. To improve your chance for success, set some realistic goals and share them with your friends and followers.
As you work on improving your health, extend your sense of purpose by encouraging others as they pursue their goals.
3. Allows You to Participate in research
Hundreds of millions of people use social media every day. This makes it a great place for medical and mental health professionals to gather research data. Make an effort to join research projects and feel free to interact with the online communities that support them.
4. Connects You with Your Community
Sometimes, social media seems like a global pool of people who may not have the ability to identify or empathize with you, simply because of where you live. One of the best ways to use social media is to build up your network within your local community.
You can find social networks that are dedicated to local communities, but you can also find localized groups on the top-tier social sites. Explore the options until you find the biggest and best group of locals in your area. You might even have a chance to attend periodic “meetups.”
As you interact with people where you live, you can get involved in local government, participate in community projects, and advocate for social issues. Along the way, you can make in-person friends and acquaintances that can add purpose and pizzazz to your life.
5. You can Be a mentor
Have you overcome bad experiences or setbacks in your life? Have you ever achieved goals to which other people aspire? If you think about it, you have accomplished a lot with your life and you can use that experience to help others.
Share the struggles and challenges you have faced in the past. Use what you have learned to encourage those who are facing similar obstacles. By offering a helping hand, you can be a great mentor to someone else.
Even if you don’t want to share anything personal, try sharing your skills. You can teach others how to write, find a job, plant a garden, or start a business. When you give yourself to others, you may enhance your own mental health with a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Regardless of whether you’re feeling blue or want to use your life to make a difference, social networks can give you the perfect platform to boost your mental well-being. Sure, news headlines touting the harmful aspects of social media will continue, but now you know that you can improve the experience for yourself.