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These Are The Best Things To Do When He’s Not Treating You Like A Priority

These Are The Best Things To Do When He’s Not Treating You Like A Priority

A question I get asked over and over again is, “Why am I not a priority in my man’s life?” If you don’t feel like he’s putting you first in your relationship, keep reading. Especially if he’s always on your mind, shouldn’t you always be on his? After all, you should always be on his mind if he really loves you, right?  Isn’t that’s how things are supposed to be?

If it feels like you’re always waiting for him to text you back, and sometimes this takes hours or not at all…If it feels like he puts everything ahead of you – family, friends, his job, even video games…If you don’t want to leave him, but you’re starting to worry that you’ll never be his top priority…If, when you try to get him to spend more time with you, all it seems to do is push him further away…

Then the answer isn’t to try to push him to make you more of a priority. 

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That will only drive him further away from you, and possibly send your relationship into a death spiral. Rather, the best thing to do is…

Why do you need to “feel” like a priority with him

The truth is, wanting to “feel” like a priority with him isn’t really about the relationship in the first place. It’s about wanting a sense of security. Movies, TV, family, friends, books, magazines – all these things put an idea into your head about how much time you’re “supposed” to be spending with your man.

And if you don’t spend that much time with him? It makes you feel unwanted, unloved, not a priority to him. It makes you feel like your relationship is lacking – like there’s something wrong and you’re drifting apart from him. (For more on this, this article has you covered.)

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This idea of what a relationship is “supposed” to look like that comes from popular media – it’s just an idea. It comes from outside you, not from inside. The truth is, it doesn’t mean much of anything at all.

Chasing the “outside idea” of what a relationship looks like

That kind of expectation in a relationship leads to more bickering, unhappiness, arguing, and finally, a breakup.

The truth is – you will never be your man’s only priority. That’s because no one in the world has just one priority. Your man has lots of priorities. At any given time, his priority might be concentrating on work, or spending time with his family, or seeing his friends, or even relaxing and unwinding. You do the same balancing act with your priorities – but here’s the key difference:

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Women are very good at multi-tasking and thinking about lots of things at once, while men want to focus on one thing at a time and give it their total attention. 

That means that while he’s at work, he’s (probably) not thinking about you. He’s giving his undivided attention to his work. So while when you’re at work you might be thinking about him all the time, that’s not how his mind works. And if you expect him to text you back, or talk to you on the phone, or do anything other than prioritizing his work while he’s at work, it’s going to lead to frustration for both of you.

It’s a good thing that he’s prioritizing work while he’s at work – that’s why he has his job!  And his other priorities are just as important – they all come together to help him balance his life.

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Getting his undivided attention

The best way to get him to give you his undivided attention (and spend more quality time with you) is to support and respect his other priorities. Giving him the space to do the things he loves to do is the best thing that a person can do for their partner – and he’ll recognize it.

Everyone has their own way of relaxing during their down time, and everyone needs it.

Here’s the most important part: the more a man feels respected and supported by his partner, the more he will want to be with her. The more he will feel she is “different” and someone he shouldn’t let go. The more he will instinctively want to care for her and give her the most that he can give her.

The way to start an upward spiral of respect, happiness, and joy in your relationship isn’t to try to demand more attention and prioritization from your partner. It’s to respect and support his priorities, and give him the space to do the things he loves to do – so that he feels supported, respected, and loved by you – and supports, respects, and loves you in return.

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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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