How to Deal with Social Media Burnout as a Stay-at-home-Mom

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I’m sure many of you can relate to feeling burnt out from social media. I know I can. Whether it’s from seeing constant negative news, comparing our lives to others’, or just feeling overwhelmed by it all, social media can really take a toll on our mental health.

So, what is social media burnout? Basically, it’s when you start to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even addicted to social media. It can be tough to keep up with the constant stream of information and often unrealistic expectations that come with being active on social media.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are steps we can take to avoid social media burnout. First, take a break from social media whenever you start to feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be a long break, even a few hours can make a difference.

Secondly, follow accounts and engage in conversations that make you feel good. Social media should be a positive experience, so make sure you’re filling your headspace with positive

Sprout Social says that social media burnout is defined by chronic mental, physical and/or emotional exhaustion formed from unmanaged, work-related stress.

As busy and tired moms, we do not need mental pressure to live lives that aren’t ours. We are already exhausted from dealing with our small children (or the big ones!) all day.

To be honest, it’s hard enough to get through the day when you have a toddler who won’t stop crying or a baby who won’t stop pooping, let alone trying to manage social media.

But there is something about social media that makes us feel like we’re missing out on something if we don’t post or scroll every single second of our day on Instagram or TikTok. I can literally scroll for hours on TikTok and that’s usually because if I do t, I feel like I’m missing something.

And the worst part is that we know it’s not good for us—but we still do it anyway! That’s because our brains are addicted to dopamine, which is released when we get likes and comments on our posts.

When dopamine levels are low, we feel depressed and unmotivated; when they are high, we feel happy and energetic. And guess what? The more likes and comments you get on your posts, the more dopamine gets released in your brain!

So what can you do about it? If you’re feeling burned out or depressed after looking at your phone, try turning off notifications for a while so that those dopamine levels don’t keep getting higher and higher every time someone likes your post.

Social media burnout is real, and it’s affecting us all. From young adults to busy moms, it seems like everyone is struggling to keep up with the demands of social media these days.

Turn off notifications

Start your day less anxious and be more present for yourself and those around you.

Take a few hours (or days) off social media each week

If you find yourself addicted or becoming addicted to social media, it is time to take a break. I promise you, you aren’t missing anything at all. Most of what people post on social media is fake anyway. They are portraying something they aren’t. Other than, just staying off social media can improve self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem. Have you imagine how good it feels to not have to compare your lives to others?? Read more here.

Delete any apps that make you feel guilty for not checking them more often than you want to be checked

This is how I feel with TikTok 😂 I have actually disabled it because sometimes I actually feel bad for not scrolling through it for hours and literally missing out being present with my kiddos. I do this once a week.

Set aside specific times each day when you will check your favorite apps so that you don’t feel like you’re wasting time looking at them all day long

This can be a great practice if you find yourself scrolling all day. Put it in your task app like Google tasks to give yourself a limited time to get on social media and binge. Try for 2 hours a day.

Take a bubble bath and read

Who doesn’t like bubble baths?! It’s so relaxing. What a great self care time just for yourself. Leave those kids with your spouse and lock that bathroom door for an hour😂😂

Listen to an audiobook or podcast.

Get off social media and listen to a podcast instead. I really like Alex Elle’s The Hey Girl Podcast because it’s all about self care and sisterhood. Definitely give it a try.

Write it out in a private journal or public blog instead of posting on social media

If you like to post on social media or just write, try writing in a journal or even a public blog like Tumblr.

Have dinner with friends or family

Give yourself a break from social media sometimes, and you’ll feel better for it.

Just give yourself a break from watching people live a life that might not be true and live your own own. Work to make sure that you are always progressing and working on yourself as a person. Just be present for yourself and your children. You’ll feel better just knowing you’re not wasting your days watching other people that don’t even know you exist.

There are kids watching your every move, watching and feeling all your mood swings. Don’t let social media burn you out mom.

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