Apps can help keep your mental health afloat. Neuroscience images and studies have found that mindfulness meditation has a neurological impact on the brain, creating a network of activity in your brain that enhances attention and reduces stress. Authors like Sharon Salzberg write that 20 minutes of mindfulness practice a day has the potential to make your head a more peaceful place from a neurological perspective- but even a quick five minute guided meditation can have a huge impact on your sense of calm.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, try one of the apps below for some relief through a guided meditation.
Calm Free app with paid content for guided meditation, breathing exercises and calming soundscapes.
Headspace Free app with paid content for guided, themed meditations and relaxation.
Plum Village Completely free app from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastery. Guided meditations, mindfulness lessons, and deep relaxation.
Social media has a reputation for being potentially bad for your mental health. While you can use social media as a way to stay connected with the people and things you care about it's also easy to get overwhelmed or spiral with negative feelings. Here are a few tips for making social media work for you, not against you.
Basic Social Media Cleanup:
Instagram's Algorithm: Just Simple Enough.
1. Comments, Likes, Shares and Views Impact feed ranking.
2. Your profile gets assigned interests based on what you like, comment, and share. They may or may not be accurate to your actual interests.
3. UItra-popular accounts get shown most because of the number of engagement it clocks.
4. Engaging with the same accounts regularly, like every time they post, will boost that account to the top of your feed.
Unfollowing pages is the first step to honing in content that feels good. A smaller pool of profiles helps Instagram's algorithm to target things you actually engage with, making feel good videos and images more present on your feed.
Twitter's Algorithm: Just Simple Enough.
Like Instagram, regularly cleaning by unfollowing people that make you feel less than hot is the best way to go. However, Twitter has other features that can help mute unwelcome content.
Muting from a Tweet:
-From a Tweet, click the upside-down carrot icon.
Muting from a Profile:
-Click the overflow icon.
Most importantly, take breaks when you need to.
There's nothing wrong with taking a break when you need to. When you feel overwhelmed, pressured, fear of missing out--think about if a social media break can give you some peace of mind.