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10 Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship with Social Media

Reader's Digest Logo By Rachel Sokol of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: If you're already feeling down, check yourself before scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feeds. 'Social media can be a swamp of self-pity,' says <a href="https://www.askapril.com/">April Masini</a>, a New York-based relationship expert. 'For instance, if you're not sure of your relationship, it's easy to come close to stalking a love interest online and hyper-analyze all of his or her relationships via social media.' No matter what you're down about, adds Masini, there's always grass that's 'greener' right on any one of your social media pages. 'So, if you're down at all, chances are social media can make you feel like you're at the bottom of the barrel because so many people are on there showing off their family vacation, new car, or fabulous date. If you're feeling blue, prepare to go a shade darker.' In other words, go do something else—treat yourself to a movie, browse a bookstore, or even take a mini vacation—until you're ready to face the social media world again. Need inspiration? Check out these <a href="http://www.rd.com/culture/great-books-to-read-you-might-have-missed/1">great reads that will get your brain flowing creatively.</a>

Avoid falling into the hole

If you're already feeling down, check yourself before scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feeds. 'Social media can be a swamp of self-pity,' says April Masini, a New York-based relationship expert. 'For instance, if you're not sure of your relationship, it's easy to come close to stalking a love interest online and hyper-analyze all of his or her relationships via social media.' No matter what you're down about, adds Masini, there's always grass that's 'greener' right on any one of your social media pages. 'So, if you're down at all, chances are social media can make you feel like you're at the bottom of the barrel because so many people are on there showing off their family vacation, new car, or fabulous date. If you're feeling blue, prepare to go a shade darker.' In other words, go do something else—treat yourself to a movie, browse a bookstore, or even take a mini vacation—until you're ready to face the social media world again. 
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