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Benefits of balance 

Instant technology has become an integral part of our lives with lots of us regularly using multiple social media platforms for lengthy periods each and every day, often relying on it as our main source of information.

It has become the norm to communicate through social media rather than face-to-face or on the telephone. But, it’s important to be mindful of the impact this can have on our health and wellbeing and how maintaining a balance between the two can be a really positive choice.

In support of Scroll Free September we are encouraging BU students to take a conscious break from social media each day. This will help you reflect on when you use it most, for how long and how it makes you feel.

Taking back control of your use of social media may be difficult to begin with, so here are some useful tips to get you started:

Be a Busy Bee

Take a break from social media app notifications and catch-up at a time that suits you.

Be a Social Butterfly

Take a break at social events and live in the moment! Socialise with friends and family face-to-face or on the phone.  When you’re at a gig fully immerse yourself in it rather than videoing it for social media.

Tell people what you are doing and why

That way they will know they may not get an immediate response from you but you will get back to them when you’re free. Or, if they need your more urgently they should call you or meet face-to-face.

Do it together

Rally a group of friends to join you. You can share your thoughts on the experience and you’ll probably feel less pressure if you know your friends are doing the same thing.

Reflect

Take some time to reflect on the experience and any benefits you may have felt – what worked, what didn’t work, what you missed, what you didn’t miss. This may help you establish a healthier and more balanced relationship with social media in the future.

Enjoy yourself!

Why not put your newly found spare time to good use and set yourself a personal goal that doesn’t involve social media. Lean a new skill, take up a new hobby or catch up face-to-face with friends and family - the possibilities are endless!

Further information

If the above has given you food for thought you might also be interested in the 5 steps to mental wellbeing approach which can be found on the Health and Wellbeing pages of our website.

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