In this day and age, mental health should be prioritised more. Social media has affected mental health of almost all of us especially millennials. Each of us were made in a unique way and instead of working on ourselves and being kind to ourselves, we compare our lives with other people thanks to social media.
No doubt, social media has benefited us all in a really good way. We can now earn money from social media. For example, YouTube. It is the most popular way of earning in 2019. But as anything else, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The same goes for social media. People are more rude online than they are irl (YES LIKE ANY OTHER MILLENNIAL, I AM USING STAN TWITTER LINGO) which should not be a surprise.
I think we all need to be a lot more kinder to ourselves and each other on social media as well as irl (in real life).
Back to mental health, it is now talked about a lot more than when I was in school. Especially with the Indian mentality, there is still a lot of stigma around mental health. We always look on the outside and not on the inside. Our brains are very complex things. We can remember things someone told us years ago- which is a good and a bad thing at the same time. We often forget that our minds are a part of our body and we do not think it is necessary to keep it healthy. No doubt, we each can control our minds but sometimes when you have gone through trauma, depression, we can’t help ourselves but feel sad and our energies drained. That’s when mental health professionals come in. They help us re-evaluate things and put things into perspective.
I think all of us need a therapist. Whom we can go to from time to time even if it is just to vent. Yes you can do that with your friends, family or partner, but sometimes it is better to take help from a professional and let the poison i.e. inside us, out.
I cannot stress enough when I said we need to be kinder to each other on social media. Me being a youtuber, I get a lot of comments saying that I suck, that I should stop singing even when I have been trained for 3 and a half years and still going. People always try to say something negative, instead of giving constructive criticism. Some of the comments could affect me a lot if I was younger and cared about what people think, luckily I have grown up and do not care about what people think.
My point is, social media can really, really mess with our mental health if we do not take regular steps of SELF CARE. Even if you are not a millennial, but younger or older, make sure to keep your mental health in check and take regular breaks from social media and SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP. I think it’s time to be kinder to ourselves before we are kind to others. Self care is the key.