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Change Your Life Today. Don’t Gamble On The Future, Act Now, Without Delay

Change Your Life Today. Don’t Gamble On The Future, Act Now, Without Delay

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
― Walt Disney Company

Wait For Miracles Or Change Today?

When we encounter difficulties or are not satisfied with current situation, we often have hopes that something or someone will swoop in and save us, soon or some days in future. But in reality, rarely ever happens. What really occurs is that negative upon negative begins to pile up on us, and that beautiful goal, that wondrous light that we wanted to reach, is further away. We only have this one life, so why not embrace change, so that we learn and grow. In the process we are banking happiness for our future.

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We’re Born To Change

As infants we are not afraid of change, and without it, we would never have learned things like walking or talking. As adults, we need to remember that change is a good thing. When we find that things are not working for us we need to change our actions to create a different outcome. If we do not try something different, we will never know if it will work or not for us. For example, if we desire a peaceful life, but find that it is full of drama, something will have to change. This change could mean that we need to disconnect ourselves in some way from those who seem to cause the drama. It does not mean we need to remove all of our family members from our lives, but keeping interactions with the drama creators to a minimum is just fine. This is also a perfect example of a scenario that supplies intrinsic, or internal, motivation. Once we feel that calming peace in our lives, it makes us feel good, and that feeling is what keeps us motivated on the new course that we chose.

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Fear of Failure

Failure is a common fear in almost every human on the planet, but it is also the very thing that has helped us all to evolve. If our ancestors threw in the towel because they encountered failed attempts at creating indoor plumbing or even electricity, the world would be a much different place right now. It was the failed attempts that led to learning and growing. Now we have a much more comfortable life because they never gave up. They did not allow fear to stop them from trying something new, and we shouldn’t either. Throw fear to the wind and try. If we fall, we should get up and try again. Changing our course may be scary, but even if we fail, we tried, we learned, and we can get up and try something else.

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Why Wait Until Tomorrow To Make A Change?

That old saying, to never put off tomorrow what can be done today, is spot on. Why wait until tomorrow to make a change? The longer we hesitate the less likely we are to do it. Procrastination is not a word that should be in our lives. If we look hard enough, we can find one thing that makes us unhappy. Make a change today to try and fix it. If money is the problem, we can always start the hunt for a new job, or research colleges and apply for student loans. We can do it by – just doing it.

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Last Updated on June 24, 2019

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

Social Media Could Lead to Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

• low self-esteem,

• negative self-talk,

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• a low mood,

• irritability,

• a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

• and social withdrawal.

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

Why We Need to Take This Seriously

Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Advice on Social Media Use

Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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