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Queerantine: Managing Mental Health & Social Media During Quarantine

We Are Fluide is committed to the health and wellbeing of a our #fluidefam. That’s why, during this quarantine, we’re bringing you a blog mini-series that is guaranteed to fill your void and ease your worries through self-care, makeup, and online connections!

Welcome to We Are Fluide’s “Queerantine”! 

A quick scroll through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or any other form of social media can bring a lot of joy to a person. But it can do the exact opposite as well. While it may not seem like a big deal, signs that social media is having a negative impact on your mental health can manifest in many forms. From anxiety, depression, isolation, and even FOMO, now more than ever, we are indulging in the hard truth that is the impact of social media—causing this self-isolation period to be just a little bit harder to get through for some.

While there are just as many ways for social media to devour you, there are plenty more ways to have a positive experience with social media and find yourself closing out your applications with nothing but calm.



 

We Are Using Social Media Now More Than Ever:

With days turning into weeks and weeks turning into months, the only connection we have with the outside world, besides the occasional stops to the grocery store, is through social media. Our whole life is now suddenly all electronic—and with so much free time, after numerous Zoom calls, we need something to keep our attention and to stay up to date with people we haven’t seen in weeks.

However, now that our screen times have doubled in the last month and a half, it's causing our mental health to double down on our worries and insecurities. Especially if we were already in a bad place to begin with. The transition to isolation caused millions of people to lose jobs, leave schools, and put their lives on hold. If that wasn't enough to cause your mental health to diminish and your concerns to multiply, opening up an application to see people who don't seem to be having the same worries and problems as you can make everything that much worse.

It can sometimes make you wonder: if they're having a good time while they’re home, why aren't I?

The key is to not compare. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but if you’re finding that you’re having a hard time breaking away from people or accounts that make you feel as if you’re doing something wrong, it’s time to mute or even unfollow them. There’s no room here for you to compromise your happiness and sanity. Instead of spending time worrying about someone’s post flipping your mood, try toconqueryour socials instead!

Here are a few ways you can do just that:

Following Accounts That Inspire You:

What interests you? What’s going to make you smile when you open that phone screen?

There’s no judgment in the way that you get inspired. It could be through workout routines, art, people, or even animals. When you’re constantly being inspired, there’s no room for those negative thoughts to creep in and take over your space.

Watching crafting videos on YouTube and following along with them is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Even looking at another artist’s or brand's Instagram page can give you an abundance of inspiration. When you look at a picture that signals a positive emotion, you’re already a step further into conquering your mental health and taking control of what you want to see online.

P.S. Try looking at images that have bright colors in them. They can release dopamine and make you feel real gooood! Like this one!


Start Posting The Work That You’re Proud of:

If you didn’t have time before, you might have some now! If you’re thinking about trying something new or getting back into something you did before, SHARE IT! Everyone has the right to showcase their work and talents and everyone should do so if they feel comfortable.

Just remember: when creating and sharing your work, never feel like you should or shouldn't share something. It's always your call to showcase what you've created and you should do so at your own time and pace. Seeing other creators constantly pushing out work can sometimes be discouraging and make you feel like you should be working just as much as they are, and creating just as much as they do.  However, remembering that everyone works at their own pace and develops ideas in different ways, can help that stress and anxiety settle a little bit. Again, constantly comparing yourself to others is not how we want to live.

So, do some creating of your own and share it because you're proud of it!

We often find joy in a lot of the things that social media has to offer. However, with that also comes hard times and unfavorable moments for our mental health. Especially due to the ongoing isolation this pandemic has caused. Ways to avoid those feelings of anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns are to take the necessary steps to make sure that what you're seeing on social media is something that’s going to inspire you, motivate you, and make you feel satisfied and welcomed in the end.

Because social media plays such a huge part of our lives now, the last thing you want is to feel miserable every time you go log on. Pick your chin up and start using your socials for feel-good material only!

If you or someone you know is struggling during this time, do not be afraid to ask for help. Good times are right around the corner.

UNITED STATES:

https://www.nami.org/help

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/

https://www.mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us

CANADA:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/mental-health-services/mental-health-get-help.html

https://mindyourmind.ca/help/where-call

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