It's no secret that the internet can be a source of great anxiety and stress.
From keeping up with work and family to managing our social media presence, it's easy to feel like we're constantly under pressure.
And, for some of us, this can lead to depression. Here's how:
Constantly comparing ourselves to others and seeing everyone's "highlight reel" can lead to negative self-talk and feelings of inadequacy.
We might ruminate on our problems and dwell on negative emotions, which can only make things worse.
Because we're spending so much time online, we can become isolated. We might not make time for real-life interactions, which leads to feelings of loneliness.
Trying to keep up with the constant stream of information can be overwhelming. We might feel like we're not doing enough or that we're falling behind.
When you're online, you're not really present in the moment. You're not enjoying the things that are happening around you.
When we're exposed to too much negativity, we might start to believe the negative things we see online.
If you're staying up late to scroll through social media or you're waking up early to check your email, you're not giving your body the rest it needs.
If you're struggling with depression, it's important to reach out for help. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional to get the help you need.