Five Alternatives to Turning to Social Media When Traumatic or Triggering Events Happen


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In the aftermath of a traumatic or triggering event, it's understandable to seek comfort and connection. While social media can be a valuable tool for staying informed and connected with others, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and limitations of using it as a coping mechanism.

Here are five alternatives to turning to social media when you're feeling overwhelmed:

  1. Talk to a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes, the best way to process a traumatic or triggering event is to talk about it with someone you trust. A friend or family member can offer a listening ear, validation, and support. It’s rough out here and we need each other to navigate this thing called life. 
  1. Spend time in nature. Getting outside and spending time in nature can be a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety. The calming effects of nature can help to soothe your nervous system and bring you a sense of peace. Trust me it works!
  1. Engage in physical activity. Exercise is a great way to release pent-up energy and improve your mood. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.
  1. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is a practice that can help you to focus on the present moment and reduce stress. There are many different mindfulness meditation techniques, so you can find one that works for you.
  1. Curate your timeline. Curating your social media timeline to unplug from tragic or triggering news can be a crucial step in maintaining your mental well-being.  unfollow or unmute accounts that frequently share distressing or upsetting content. Seek out and follow accounts that focus on positivity, humor, inspiration, or topics that genuinely interest you.

We are in this together. There's a lot going on and it can feel overwhelming but I am here to help you curate self-care experiences that help you destress, relax and find your peace. Be kind to yourself and to others. ❤️

Until next time, 

Shontelle - The Candle Curator

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