Social Media & The Emotional Toll It Takes On Your Health.

Like countless people in my generation and younger, I find myself glued to my phone for most parts of my day. Whether it's to engage in a group chat with my friends or to scroll aimlessly through social media to make my workday go faster; my phone is occupying a lot of my mental and emotional space.

When it comes to cell phones social media has reared its pretty little head. Social media users are spending up to 2+ hours a day just strolling on social media and this is the low end.

Coming from a time where most of my time was spent outdoors with my friends I couldn't be more excited about being able to reach my friends and family by a simple swipe of the finger.

It was incredible to be able to talk to multiple people at a time and never have to leave your couch! It was the extroverted anti social's dream. But quickly that rush of thankfulness turned into the embodiment of anxiety.

In the short time social media has existed it has already became such an intricate part of our day. We wake up check our social media handles to see if we missed anything, we respond to any messages we missed and then we stumble out of bed to get ready. While heading to our morning destinations we fight the urge to reply to a comment someone left during the time it took you to get to the stoplight near your house. You finally make it work or school and you get settled and then whip out your phone. Though you have only been there for ten minutes you are already bored and just want to scroll aimlessly through your timelines, worried that you have just missed something important that requires your attention.

You click the notifications tab and respond to any and all pending alerts and then back to scrolling. Your mind and emotions are combating THOUSANDS of emotions daily as a direct result of this addictive cycle.

From your friend saying "I do," to another losing a parent, and people sharing the words injustices your brain is channeling every. single. emotion.

When you read something happy you naturally smile, when you read something sad, you feel empathy. When you read something nerve-wracking your heart drops. Your brain is processing new emotions in a split o