There are risks that affect your mental health when your screen time isn’t managed properly. In this article I will share tips to help manage your time and protect your mental health. Depending on social media for news and current events, three things occur:

1. Misinformed- Some people use social media as their official news resource as opposed to local news for current events and information. We depend on our friend’s newsfeed on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Social media reporters and social media experts for all things news and current events is what some prefer because they have to stay connected to the digital world on a constant basis. Pew research center reported 62% of people get their news from social media sites. Is this always the right information? (Risk) No, because people tend to enhance social media news further than what was actually reported or researched.

2. Social media algorithms- an entire separate issue. Social media sites show in the newsfeed the culture of the person’s clicks and may only show topics relevant to the person’s likes, shares, comments and interests, posting the same topics repeatedly. If the person doesn’t bother clicking the link to read the article for themselves, they depend on the caption or the article’s title to influence their feelings about the article, leaving them more absent from the facts. (Risk) The result, people not receiving the actual facts and/or the official report and not forming their own, but the persons opinion of the issue.

3. Mental health risks- include the heightening of emotions triggering anger, anxiety, depression and sadness due to what’s trending on social media. (Risk) Individuals are now carrying their own and all of their social media friend’s emotions.

How can I learn to concentrate better and find a balance between normal life and digital distraction?

Social media can make the loudest noise. Replace digital time with other soothing activities other than social media by shutting the noise off. It all boils down to emotional management. For a person with weaker emotional abilities here are a few tips to help balance and stay focused on what’s important.

1. Morning routine- devotion, exercise, eating breakfast, writing daily goals

2. Schedule digital time. This includes social media time and phone time in general. Make phone time 30 minutes or an hour at certain times throughout the day, perhaps once or twice per day.

3. Quiet time- meditation, nap, reading, classical or instrumental music

4. Do something you enjoy doing- family time, hobby, side hustle, volunteering.

5. Gratitude journal- write down three things you’re grateful for before going to bed.

Abeni Celeste Scott, M.S.

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April showers bring May flowers. We hope that your May is filled with an Abundance of Love. Focus on your home this month, clearing it from clutter to give you the consciousness your Soul desires. Make your home welcoming and fill it with positive energy, make it your sanctuary overflowing with Love.  Love from Crystal & Celeste 

  1. Shut off unnecessary noise by managing social media time. Often times we get caught up in the thoughts and ideas of others and it’s too much to handle. Remember, it’s their perspective, their life and their journey. I actually went on a 14 day fast from one of the popular social media platforms and it helped me to focus so much on important things. 

  2. Boost your immune system by drinking herbal teas. Boil orange peels in 2 cups of water to create a natural vitamin C tea, add a little honey and it’s yum yum good. Ginger-lemon tea also gives your immune system the boosts it needs to stay healthy, not only during this time but for the rest of your life. 

  3. Take walks in a park. Sit on your porch or balcony, with reading material, preferably first thing in the morning or late evening. I find this time to be serene and calming. Writing and journaling offers healing as well, perhaps you can journal about daily experiences. 

  4. Spend time doing things you love at home. Many are finding comfort in home projects, repurposing items, room makeovers, knitting, sewing masks, painting and many other things. As for me, I’ve found enjoyment in creating beauty products using herbal and essential oils. It's so rewarding to be present with whatever you find peace with doing. It’s called creating your own happy.




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