Social Media Anxiety. Great, 3 New Reasons to Panic.

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A new type of anxiety being reported in the media is tying directly into our increasingly digital lives. Social Media Anxiety, an anxiety disorder solely related to the use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, is being reported by more and more people. There are many reasons that social media might cause more anxiety than leaving the house. Here are some of the top reasons.

Feelings of inadequacy

Nearly 42% of women reported that they felt inadequate when comparing themselves to other women on the popular site Pinterest. Women who were perfectly happy with their messy closets and uninspired meals are now facing dozen of Martha Stewart clones on Pinterest, who’s own streams are designed to showcase their own creativity and craftiness.

It’s normal for women to feel competitive, but the main problem occurs when the competition causes women to strive for results that are completely unattainable. Keep in mind that it’s easy to lie in a picture and people are not as perfect as they seem online.

Not staying up to date

the-six-basic-human-anxieties-social-media-take-advantage-ofIt seems that news travels at the speed of light on the internet. One of my friends was shocked to learn that I had no idea whom “Alex from Target” was. With Twitter spitting out McCauley Culkin death hoaxes and Facebook streams filling up with news events by the moment, it might seem impossible to stay on top of current events. That’s especially true in our short attention span society, where something that was popular only yesterday literally is ‘yesterday’s news’.

In fact, it’s been reported that 1/3 of adults under 30 are now getting the majority of their news through social media!

Online flame wars

The majority of internet users have reported that they’ve gotten into fights online, with 50% of teens reporting being victims of some kind of internet bullying. One big cause of online anxiety is how easy it is to start flame wars. A simple comment might be taken out of context and before you know it, your page is filled with hate speech. Unlike the real world, once you write something, it’s there for ever, even if you delete it. This can lead to prolonged and overblown arguments over sometimes completely inane things.20120310_WBD000_0

It stands to reason that if conflict in real life can trigger anxiety, then the conflict that spreads 10 times faster and larger on the internet could significantly increase that anxiety.

People who suffer from anxiety might be more prone to social media anxiety than others. In addition, teens are at a higher risk. The problem is, it can be difficult to disconnect. Even I have a hard time resisting the urge to check my Facebook every couple of hours or share a link on Twitter. In some cases, people have even reported being addicted to social media, with up to 10% of users potentially using the internet obsessively.

 

Keep in mind that social media is supposed to be fun. If your accounts are making you depressed or anxious, it might be time to consider shutting them down.

Insomnia and Anxiety: 7 Easy tips to Get Your Sleep!

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One common problem people face with anxiety is insomnia. Some people might turn to sleeping pills in order to help, while others might try an anti-anxiety medication. Sometimes, even these pills can’t do the job and you might need some other methods of falling asleep.  Here are a few ways that you can end the tossing and turning from anxiety.

1. Squeeze and relax – One way to get your body to relax is to tense your muscles, and then slowly relax them. Start at the toes, and curl them, then take a deep breath and relax them as you breathe out. Move up to the calf muscles and do it again. Work your way all the way up your body and by the time you reach your neck, you’ll feel much more relaxed.

Try breathing through your left nostril – This is an old Yoga trick that is said to reduce blood pressure, which should help you sleep. Simply block your right nostril with your finger and begin breathing normally, through just your left. This is a particularly good method for those who get anxious or overheated in bed.

d0b5ec82ebd75aa96ebccfffd9ec259a2. Let your mind wander – Instead of thinking about the bill you forgot to pay or the client you need to call back, let your mind wander to nothingness. While it might be hard at first, soon it will be much easier to close your eyes and simply fall asleep.

3. Turn off the TV and stay away from the computer for at least half an hour before bed – Find quiet tasks like reading a book or meditation. By avoiding stimulation directly before bed it will be easier for your body to understand that it’s time to sleep.

4. Use pressure points – The spot between your eyes at the bridge of your nose has a pressure point that might help you fall asleep faster. Simply press it and hold for 20 seconds. Do this twice more and you’ll be able to nod off faster.

5. Don’t go to bed angry – That old saying isn’t just about maintaining relationships. It’s also about allowing you to sleep at night. If you’re upset about something, consider writing down all your angry thoughts about it before you climb into bed. This moment of release might be all you need to let the problem go for the night.1ac0b8af4fbe56d5f681a692ca0677718d817487b2b69925bb6a611178862ef0

6. Resist the urge to toss – Sometimes, you might get the urge to move and roll over when you’re trying to fall asleep. This is the exact opposite of what you should do. Instead, resist the urge to toss and turn and you should be able to fall asleep faster. Just make sure you don’t hold yourself tense while you’re doing it.

A good night’s sleep is an important part of keeping anxiety under control. When you don’t sleep enough, it can actually increase the severity and the frequency of your panic attacks. If you are having ongoing problems with falling asleep and staying asleep, you might want to talk to your doctor about getting a sleep aid. Sometimes, this can cause dependency, so it’s also import to try other methods to see what works for you.

Is it Seasonal Blues or Depression?

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While the idea that depression rates increase during the holidays is a myth, there is something to be said for the extra pressure the holidays can bring. Around the holidays, people might worry about bills, parties and paying for the expensive new toys for their kids. People without others around them may find themselves feeling isolated. These feelings, while bad, aren’t usually considered depression.

Depression is a year round illness with ebbs and flows, while the depression people suffer during the holiday seasons is usually situational. Another kind of depression, seasonal depression, is often mistaken for standard clinical depression or just the holiday blues.

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