Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are all social media platforms that I use every day. Walking away from my cell phone can sometimes leave me feeling anxious as I never want to miss out on something going on! Bustle, and psychotherapist Dr. Lisa Larsen, PsyD, explains that there are some benefits for taking a month off from social media.

  • It can reduce negative self-talk which comes pretty much hand-in-hand when you start comparing yourself to others on social media. (Everyone is getting married and having kids, holy cow!) Stepping away from social media sites and apps for a while can help how you feel about yourself for sure.
  • It allows you to focus on yourself as a lot of time can get sucked into Facebook and Instagram throughout the day without you really realizing it. If you're struggling with different aspects of your life, including your mental health, a social media break might be exactly what you need.
  • It can help you re-evaluate your online behavior because sometimes we don't realize that we have a problem until we take that problem away. If you feel anxious or nervous like I do sometimes when you walk away from your computer or cell phone, then you might benefit from some time off from social media.

Social media sites and apps are a great way to stay connected with friends and family, but if you're feeling a little socially burned out, consider taking a break from social media for a month!

(via Bustle)