Researchers say people who reduced their social media usage and instead engaged in physical activity reported feeling more satisfied, less depressed and less stressed. There are mental health benefits to both exercise and less screen time.

There are a number of ways to decrease social media usage, including turning off apps and letting friends know you are reducing your screen time. The research suggested that replacing just 30 minutes of daily social media time with physical activity, even for only two weeks, will make you feel happier, more satisfied, less depressed and less stressed. The positive effects of the two-week period lasted up to six months after the study was over.

This shows us how vital it is to reduce our availability online from time to time and to go back to our human roots. These measures can be easily implemented into one’s everyday life and they’re completely free – and, at the same time, they help us to stay happy and healthy in the digital age.

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