Refocus and Improve Your Mood

Ask the Experts by Marla Ruhana

Q: I often feel depressed as I don't seem to have enough time to complete projects or be with family and friends. I'm drawn to social media and worry I'm missing out. How can I refocus?

A: This is a real problem for many. Sadly, social media often consumes too much of our time.

Insignificant distractions can do irreversible damage. The key is learning to manage our distractions by implementing increased focus and self-awareness.

Technology can become a rut, a bad habit, leading to social isolation. It is important to determine if social media is being used as an escape and a symptom of an underlying depression or if too much time on social media and lack of balance in your life is precipitating depressed mood.

For three months, simmer down on tech, get out in nature, change your daily routine, i.e.; walk daily, eat less sugar, increase water intake and embrace time with those who enhance your well-being.

Make a goal to spend most of your time and focus with those you love and on hobbies and self-care.

Keep a journal and notice if mood has been elevated. If not, seek help from a therapist and work out a more detailed plan to address your concerns.

Marla K Ruhana, LMSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University where she has taught classes on grief and loss. Ruhana can be reached at 586-891-4701. She is a member of The Family Center's Association of Professionals.

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