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Ways to protect your mental health when you work in social media

Working in social media requires you to be constantly “on” — whether it’s scrolling feeds for inspiration, responding to comments, or keeping an eye on trends.

And if you add the news cycle and trolls to the mix, you could be on a one-way ticket to burnout city.

According to a Creator Burnout Report by Vibely, 90% of creators have experienced burnout and 71% have considered quitting social media.

So, we’re sharing our best tips for protecting your mental health when you work in social media — or are even just frequently online.

Here are some of our tips to help you build a more positive relationship with social media:

  1. Take a social media break. A break can give you some much needed “me time,” and even spark new creative ideas. Or, you can continue posting, at a reduced rate with a disclaimer that you’ll respond when you’re back.
  2. Monitor your screen time. Around 58% of the world’s population uses social media — and the average daily usage is 2 hours and 27 minutes. Here’s what you should do: Set app limits; Set up reminders for breaks; Set a bedtime for your phone. 
  3. Ask for help when you need it. According to the Mental Health Foundation, “fear of discrimination and feelings of shame are among the top reasons people give for not telling their colleagues about their mental health problems.” Raising awareness about mental health is important for reducing stigma in the workplace.
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