“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”
– Henry David Thoreau
The Daily Tonic is a two to five minute read sharing science backed healthnews and tips, all while getting you to crack a smile or even _ lol _onoccasion.
Monday. Mental health Monday! Is that a thing? Maybe it should be. Theconversations around health often focus on nutrition and exercise, but mentalhealth is just as important of a topic for us to cover. So when was the lasttime you shared something on social media and enjoyed that sweet dose ofdopamine when you got some “likes?” Let’s dive in.
A New Type Of Addiction
Getting all of your health information from Netflix documentaries probablyisn’t the best route to take if you want science based, factual information.Gamechangers , for example, tried to convince people that by eating beansand plants alone, you too can become a professional athlete. If you’ve seenthe film, you understand how convincing a high budget shock-umentary can be.If you haven’t watched it, don’t feel compelled to. Your time is probablybetter spent watching the Friends reunion on HBO… just my $.02. One Netflixdocumentary, however, was based on more concrete science; The SocialDilemma. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll summarize briefly–we have a dilemma andsocial media is largely to blame. Studies like thisone and thisone have made ita pretty widely accepted fact that social media is having a negative impact onour mental health. So why is social media bad for our health? Well, theseplatforms are designed to be addictive. Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and evenemail apps are designed to attract and keep our attention. The colors,features, and design of these platforms are all tools used by a supercomputerwhose job it is to keep us hooked. These platforms profit on our attention, sotheir goal is to maximize the time we spend engaged with their content.Combine that level of addiction to our own human desire to constantlyevaluate ourselves throughcomparison andyou start to see the crux of the dilemma. According to some studies, as muchas 10 percent of our thoughts center around comparisons of some kind. Thisleads to many people gravitating towards determining their own social andpersonal worth based on how they stack up against others. Just thinking aboutall that comparison is stressing me out. It is no wonder people’s mentalhealth is suffering from all the time spent putting together your day to dayinto the most impressive highlight reel possible to share with the world andcollect those coveted, dopamine-inducing “likes” on these platforms. Thesolution? One idea that will be implemented by Facebook is rolling out theoption for users to hide the like counts that appear on their posts and poststhat populate their feed. Now, will this actually help solve the problem? The jury isstill out but several mental health experts are skeptical. Whether you decideto hide your like counts or not, limiting your screen time may be the best wayto go. Like with anything else, social media’s negative impact on someone’smental health will vary from person to person. It is up to you to audit theimpact these platforms are having on your own health and work to adjust youruse accordingly.
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Speaking Of Your Highlight Reel…
This past year has been a bit of a weird time to share good news with thosearound you. The pandemic has been a tough time for many, which understandablyhas made it feel challenging at times to share good news. Are you beinginconsiderate by keeping everything to yourself during these weird times?According to this study, it is not a great practice to suppress your emotions–positive ornegative. Sharing good news with those around you is an important practice. Sowhat’s the reasonable thing to do? Thisarticle has somegood advice on how to best share good news with some tact and grace. We canall use some good news and positivity these days!
- Mental health Monday wouldn’t be complete without plugging our favorite breathwork and meditation app!
- Nothing like some gratitude to really optimize your mental health. Check out this list of the best gratitude journals out there.
- As seen on Shark Tank–this is not a phone. Best way to kick the social media addiction!
- Looking to take a break from coffee? Try this!
Health isn’t just about _ food, movement, and mindset . It is alsoabout the_ _ interactions _we have and what we _ share with our fellowhumans._
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