Using social media is almost essential to function in today’s world. For many people, it’s a way to keep their jobs and maintain relationships. Even when you’d rather not interact with others, there’s intense pressure to stay on social media. Your struggle with social media and anxiety might feel unbearable. The pressure to use social media comes from family, friends, employers, and even the government. To learn more about the connection between social media and anxiety, contact our women’s mental health treatment center by calling 855.773.0614.
Scenes Have Changed on Social Media
Adapting to social situations no longer means learning good table manners. Now, you’re judged on your site postings or how you look in your latest selfie. You get extra credit if your TikTok snippets include effective physical distancing. A Zoom meeting becomes an excuse for outrageous antics. Your social media presence demands constant attention. There’s a lack of boundaries throughout the social media world. Some folks find watching or performing on these sites exhilarating. Others feel it’s an unbearable invasion into their private world. Many in both camps find a balance for their daily lives, but some cannot.
Reacting to Anxiety and Social Media
If you think anxiety relating to social media is affecting you poorly, ask yourself a few questions. Be honest when you think about these things.
Do you feel that social media is your whole life? Your social media presence might feel more important to you than almost everything else. If it does, you’ll do anything to stay active with it. You’ll lie about it to others. You might put it before school or work. If your social media activities come between you and people you care about, get help before you lose them.
Do you use social media for an adrenaline rush? If you find you need more time on social media to get that rush, you may want to get help. Some people use social media for a feeling of excitement. Chasing that exciting feeling makes it hard to stop. If you do this, you know it’s painful when you try to limit your social media time. You know the pattern. You tell yourself you’ll spend less time at those sites, but pretty soon, you’re back on social media, chasing exhilaration.
Do you use alcohol or drugs while browsing your social media? Sometimes, people self-medicate for the courage to perform for social media. Others might do it to deal with anxiety over feeling inadequate when compared to others. If you feel bad about yourself, social media, often, makes you feel worse. Everybody’s life looks so perfect except for yours. If you feel you’re not as good as other people on social media, please ask for help at our dual diagnosis treatment program.
Dealing with the highs or lows you feel on social media might seem overwhelming. It may cause you to do things you’re not comfortable doing. That’s called internal conflict, and it causes anxiety.
Get the Help You Need at The Willows at Red Oak
If you’ve reached the point where you can no longer control or cope with social media, anxiety, and other issues, there’s an alternative.
The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is a small women’s treatment facility located in a beautiful Asheville, NC, country setting. Our highly trained counselors are among the top professionals in their field. You’ll have the chance for intense therapy several times a week during individual sessions. There’s a variety of groups to help you find better ways to cope. Our treatment programs include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Meditation therapy
- Animal-assisted treatment therapy
You’ll have a personalized treatment plan in a women-only setting. This helps when resolving trauma. Enjoy long-term success with our aftercare program for continuing support.