The social side of social media can be very important when you have a chronic illness and are home much of the time. It is a helpful way to feel more connected to the outside world and to other people.
A downside is when social media makes you feel more alone. This can happen when you keep seeing the best bits of a lot of people’s lives all at once. Social media quickly reminds you of the things you wish you could be doing and how different your life is because you have a chronic illness. Of course you know it is a highlights reel, with a few complaints, and poor me comments thrown in- often quite mild issues compared to what you are coping with.
Here are some steps you can take to build good habits around how you use social media so you are in more control of what you see. Pick one or two to try that you think might suit your needs.