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Y-Speak: Maintaining a healthy socmed life

HEALTH is wealth, they say. But how vast is your understanding of health, and how healthy do you think you are? Health is not just about the physical outlook but overall including mental, spiritual, and social.

Mental health has been a very sensitive issue lately. People tend to easily get affected and stressed with what they see on social media. Spending ample time scrolling on Facebook does not only damage our brain but also our health.

Facebook has already become a vital tool in our daily lives. It does not only connect us with our family and friends from afar, it also makes us updated of their whereabouts.

Having a number of friends on Facebook does not bring joy at all times. It is because not all of our Facebook-friends are our real-life friends. Most of the people in this platform are just colleagues and acquaintance we don’t really know personally.

I believe that social media greatly affects our social health. Even if we don’t socialize in person, we see their day to day life updates which in most cases results to us comparing our lives with them.

Social and mental health are correlated, one affects the other. When we see people posting against each other on Facebook, it interferes with our social health by playing with our emotions.

There are many factors on social media that brings toxicity in our lives. Getting rid of toxicity isn’t really that hard. You just have to see how healthy it would be to keep a certain distance from social media every now and then. If it doesn’t bring you happiness anymore, have the courage to leave or unfriend them.

Leaving toxic situations doesn’t make you rude, it doesn’t even mean you are weak. In fact it is a brave gesture to maintaining a stress-free life. (Karen Bardinas/UM intern)


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