In this time of distress, online social connectivity is at its peak and is really helping people stay connected with their friends and families. People are sharing their quarantine stories, helping others and enhancing themselves using social media platforms. I remember the days when we used to worry about excessive screen time, when we feared the idea of interacting with the world exclusively through our phones and computers. But these days, connecting with each other through these devices is all we’ve got and frankly, the digital world seems a lot less scary than the real one. But there’s a second side to this story, you may find this whole shelter-in-place thing is causing you to suffer socially, financially, spiritually, or emotionally. And rather than turning to social media to announce that “slowing down” has been “speeding up” your productivity, you might be more in need of gaining good support for your suffering. In this case, you might find those enviable Instagram updates causing you to feel more pessimistic. It would be a matter of seconds before you start feeling worse than ever, and it can take a serious toll over your mental health.
For people adhering to it firmly, quarantine is not entertaining. It’s exhausting, isolating and conducive to poor mental health. Those who post glorified quarantine content risk disregarding those without the resources to partake in the same lifestyle. Even if the intentions aren’t bad, posting online about a glamorous quarantine might do more harm than good, even if it fosters connection in isolation. It does not mean that we need to enjoy less or cut down the fun part, in fact social media was made to cherish the good parts and forget about awful times. In a period filled with loneliness and trepidation, we must remain aware of how online connection skews our view of what quarantine really looks like. We must stretch our helping hands for those who need help, reignite hope among people.
Quarantine bragging on social media can have adverse effects, envying people on social media is directly linked to depression. The addictive part of social media makes the user irresistible to scroll online and repeat the same nasty cycle again and again.
CUT DOWN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Limit your Instagram and Snapchat, take the help of social well-being apps and digital well-being. You can unfollow and mute toxic people who make you feel bad about yourself. Stick towards happy and purposeful content, choose what and whom you want to see and manage your feed likewise. Indulge in other activities with your families like indoor games, cooking or watching movies together and even lying down your crazy ass on the bed, the whole day. Take control over your environment!
STOP CRITICIZING YOURSELF AND START LOVING YOURSELF
This is the best time for you, use it in the best way you can. We all are packed in our houses with our loved ones, give them your valuable time, and cherish life with them. Admire and embrace yourselves, work to make yourself better. Be kind to yourself these are bad times but you need to remain strong and active.