Un-Following the Trend of Social Media Addiction

Social media addiction is not officially recognized as a disease or disorder. However, many studies focus on parallels between people who display addictive behavior in their usage and drug, alcohol, or gambling addicts.

Describing someone as an addict means they exhibit a compulsive behavior that carries negative effects. Social media addiction is not officially recognized as a disease or disorder. However, many studies focus on parallels between people who display addictive behavior in their usage and drug, alcohol, or gambling addicts.

Behaviors and Effects of Social Media Addiction

One of the benefits of social media is how it makes people feel connected to others, but there are also cases where constant connection through technology causes feelings of isolation in the real world. Some might develop further dependence on social media as a result. Other signs of social media addiction might include, but aren’t restricted to, constantly checking Twitter feeds, intensely following someone’s social media profile—commonly called “stalking”—or spending hours on end posting and responding to comments.

A stronger sign of addiction is engagement with social media when doing so is dangerous, like while driving. At other times, like during a meeting or while at the movies, the behavior might be merely annoying to others, but it may indicate a problem.

“Am I Addicted to Social Media?”

If you’re wondering whether you’re addicted, ask yourself:
• Do you spend a lot of time thinking about social media?
• Have you felt increasingly strong and more frequent urges to use social media?
• Do you get restless or bothered when unable to use social media?
• Have you tried, unsuccessfully, to reduce your use of social media?
• Do you use social media so much that it has negatively affected your work or studies?

Answering “yes” to only one or some of these questions doesn’t necessarily mean you’re addicted. But if you did to most or all of them, you should seriously consider whether an addiction exists.

What Can You Do?

If you want to cut down on your social media usage, small changes can go a long way. Turning off alert tones can reduce the urge to react immediately to them. You could also commit to allowing yourself to check or make yourself stay away at specific times, like during meals or while out with friends.

The most successful kind of treatment for stronger addiction seems to be cognitive behavioral therapy. However, as with many officially recognized diseases and disorders, there is no “quick fix” for addiction. Each person is responsible for their own actions, and sometimes help from a professional can give them the edge they need in overcoming addiction.

For more information on Social Media Addiction and how Ridgeview Ranch can help you, call 877-526-7706 or visit ridgeviewranchca.org

Building a Healthier You in 2019

Many people overlook the idea that good health is a lifestyle, not a resolution. Ridgeview Ranch offers some tips to help you achieve a healthier life.

Like millions of others, you started 2019 with a resolution to improve your health. Or maybe you already made some progress during 2018 and want to keep it up. Many people overlook the idea that good health is a lifestyle, not a resolution. It’s great to say you’re resolved to achieve good health, but you need to take action to reach your goals. Here are some tips to help you reach a healthier life.

 

Start Small and Build

We live in a culture of instant gratification, but building a healthy lifestyle is best done by making gradual changes. Start with small things like a 10-minute light workout in your living room or a walk around the block right after you get home. When small changes become habitual, you can increase the intensity and time you spend.

 

Keep A Balanced Diet (Not a Strict One)

It’s common for people to go into a new year determined to keep a strict diet. However, they’re often setting themselves up for failure. Eating becomes like a chore instead of one of the pleasures that life offers us.

A balanced diet is key to healthy living and leaves room for enjoyment. Whether you actually love veggies or just want to sink your teeth into some meat once in a while, all the options are still on the table. Concern yourself instead with how you balance your diet. Eat meat less often but make sure it’s good quality. Choose fresh vegetables that contain more nutrients than canned or frozen. It’s also easier to ease back into a balanced diet when you do find yourself slipping.

 

Sleep Tight

When people think of health, they usually think of eating and exercising. Sleep is equally important. The amount of sleep you get affects how you think and act, and how your body responds to exercise. Ongoing sleep deficiency also increases your risk for chronic health problems. Make sure you get roughly the recommended 8 hours every night.

 

The Triangle of Health

Think of a healthy lifestyle as a triangle, which is the strongest shape. When all 3 sides (diet, exercise, and sleep) are equally balanced, your health is in strong shape. Pay attention to each of them while you go through the year, and we hope you’ll see the results you imagined when you made up your mind to live a healthier 2019!

For more information on Building a Healthier You in 2019, call 877-526-7706 or visit ridgeviewranchca.org