Quick check: how many social media apps are on your phone right now? More than two, three? Most of us are very connected, and always online. Social media has become the default means of communication. 

We’re always plugged in, using applications to communicate with colleagues and friends and to pass the time. Not forgetting where we get all our news! 

No wonder we are always switched on. Which means that we’re all at risk of being burned out by this constant connectivity. 

On the upside, as a user of these platforms, you can filter and customise what appears in your feed, and unfollow and block things that may be harmful to your mental health.

It may be difficult to sift through everything, but setting boundaries is a great first step.

Time your scrolling

Set daily limits for how much time you spend online. Wasting time on social media can impact your work productivity. Whether it's in the morning, afternoon or evening, set a time limit on your social media activity. And stick to it!

Ask yourself “why”?

Have a conversation with yourself and determine the purpose of each of these accounts in your life. Is it to expand your circle of friends and interests? Do you prefer to maintain your relationships online? Is it to broaden your horizons? This will enable you to focus on what you can gain from each account rather than mindlessly consuming information that your brain does not need.

Set the tone on your profile

It's not just about business profiles when it comes to setting the tone. You can select your preferences to block tabloid pages, or accounts that have inappropriate content. Follow people who share your interests to make your online time more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Put your phone away

This may be a difficult task, but it is useful. Once you’re ready for bed, leave your phone in the nightstand drawer or in another room (if possible). Out of sight, out of mind! 

Educate yourself

Applying boundaries in any aspect of your life is a skill that takes time to master. Take some time to learn about your mental health to better understand your emotions. This will make a big difference in how you engage online.

Good to know

It's easy to stay connected on social media, and it's often helpful when we're stuck at home. At the same time, it's all too easy to endlessly scroll away. So, when you log into any app, be deliberate. What exactly are you looking for? Is it possible to get it somewhere other than the internet? Consider all your options. A phone call, for example, may be faster than texting through a messaging app.


This article is for informational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or medical practitioner about any health concerns, before embarking on any fitness or nutrition programme, and usage of any medication.