Cole Sprouse Talks About Mental Health After Social Media BreakIlana
Known currently for his role as Jughead in the CW’s Riverdale and formerly as Cody on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Cole Sprouse shed some light on his mental health break from social media.
Taking to Instagram to announce his return back to social media, Cole says, “Know I’ve been off of social media for a while. Decided to take a much needed mental health break. I’ve never been the most active user of social media, but even the minor amount I had been engaging during quarantine had become a bit too taxing. Work is slowly beginning to pick back up within a new normal. And as someone who has only ever really known work their entire life, I found that I’m best on a schedule. Knowing when to step away like I did in college, and when to re-engage is a fundamental skill for any young performer. Take your breaks. Mental and physical health come first.”
Especially during this time, mental health breaks are incredibly important. Now more than ever, many are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, and depression. There is a link between social media use and depression due to many factors such as increased online use instead of being in the real world, FOMO (fear of missing out), cyberbullying, and the balance of real and virtual relationships. Cole Sprouse’s social media break is a good example of the benefits of stepping away from these online platforms to focus on your mental health.
How To Minimize Negative Effects of Social Media
Because social media can have numerous negative effects, here some ways that you can minimize them:
- Limit your social media use. iPhones have a “Screen Time” option where you can set a limit for how long you use your apps for and once you’ve reached that limit, you can’t access that app.
- Practice self-care. Go for a walk, listen to music, light a candle, instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media.
- Call your friends and family. If you want to see them in person, make sure it’s at a safe distance.
People are more connected than ever and while social media can be beneficial, it can do more harm than good for your mental health. If you or a loved one is suffering with mental health issues, you are not alone. Here at BHOPB, we are ready to help. Our residential mental health treatment program specializes in treating various mental health problems. Call us today at 561-220-3981.