We spend our lives on the internet. That’s why on days like today, the 9th November, the day that Donald Trump has become President of the United States, it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes a digital detox is the answer.
I aim to keep my Twitter feed and this blog as positive as I can even when the issues I’m writing about aren’t all that positive. And when I have nothing positive to add then I usually stay quiet as that is just my nature.
Today my Twitter timeline has been filled with anger and sadness and negativity, all of which are completely valid. But I’ve also seen a lot of distress caused by social media.
This morning I woke up at 7.20. The result hadn’t been finalised yet but it was already clear that Donald Trump had won. My alarm wasn’t going to go off for another but instead of going back to sleep I sifted through so many Facebook and Twitter posts, all angry about the election result. By the time my alarm went off at 8.30, I was also angry and sad. But I was a million times more angry and more sad after reading through my social media.
As wonderful as it is that social media has the power to unite people and to make changes, it’s not always the best for our mental health.
- Try keeping your internet hours to a minimum on days like today – It’s really easy to get overwhelmed.
- Twitter has a mute button, use that if it helps.
- Wait a minute before reacting to tweets and Facebook statuses.