Social status such as education, employment, income, family, and social stress, are all factors in determining chronic diseases. These factors affect us both directly and indirectly, increasing our susceptibility to behavioral risk factors. It is important to take care of our mental health and not let social status affect our social relationships.
In this current world, the power of technology has grown a lot and one post online can impact your life indefinitely. A lot of people make unhealthy comparisons and unrealistic expectations for themselves because of how social media portrays what the “perfect” life should look like. Couples can find themselves trying to curate an “image” of who they are rather than focusing on the relationship itself.
Relationships are built on trust and communication. Social media can ruin relationships because it can distract people from spending quality time together. It also creates unrealistic expectations for some, leading to poor mental health and body image issues. These are some negative effects of social media usage but that does not necessarily mean that we should not use social media at all. Social media helps us stay connected with people we care about and meet new people.
In order to have a healthy relationship with social media, we need to use it with intention and purpose. A lot of people pick up their phones when they are bored. To prevent that, you can change your lock screen to an inspiring quote or picture that reminds you to look at your phone with purpose. Tracking your usage is also a great way to limit excessive social media use. You can schedule a time slot during the day where you are allowed to scroll freely or set up restrictions on your phone for certain apps.
Maintaining a good social life helps you build healthier relationships with others. Having healthy relationships enables you to create boundaries that encourage communication, trust, and conflict.
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