We NEED to talk more about social media anxiety
Updated: Mar 31
As if you haven't had enough of me, here I am posing questions around Social Media Anxiety on BBC Scotland Debate Night. You can skip all the Brexit waffle and jump straight to 36.27.....and keep watching because I forgot the cameras were there and got into giving my opinions further at 48.35..........
My quest to become famous begins!
But all jokes aside...
I love social media, I love how it can connect me to my friends and family around the world. I follow some great sites for inspiration into clothes and shoes ( I love trainers!). I contribute to groups that discuss solution focused therapy and all things related to food. I suppose I try my best to ensure I take all that I want from it and yet not let it take over from real life.
However, I am seeing increasing number of clients with social media anxiety.....causing feelings of inadequacy, dread and fear. Where bullying was once only in the playground now it feels like it is coming straight into our homes over WiFi. If we didn't already feel like we needed to improve physically we are bombarded with pictures of the bikini body, lustrous hair and fantastic teeth! And looking at the rich kids of Instagram we own nothing close to the correct watch, handbag or car!
Take objective control; once that stress bucket is empty you can see social media for exactly what it is if not used properly, UN-social media!!!!
Try these few tips:
Turn off notifications
Limit your time spent on social media
Unfollow, block or snooze any pages that do not add to your well-being
If Social Media Anxiety is affecting you please get in touch. It's really more common than you realise.
Gin Lalli firstname.lastname@example.org
Gin Lalli is a Solution Focused Therapist specialising in anxiety, depression, stress and sleep. She is based in Edinburgh, Scotland