How to be happy while using Social Media
It is said that humans can only handle so much information. In the age of social media, it seems we are testing that theory. Social media being the heart of heated arguments, lost causes, dire warnings and the occasional hug from a distant friend.
It can all get overwhelming and depressing.
We need a formula for managing social media, while attempting to maintain the beauty of the connections we have with the mayhem we are forced to wade through. This formula revolves around the idea that too much information isn’t always a good thing.
In multiple studies done in the UK and here in Canada, there has been a proven correlation between social media and depression. One study showed that in the short term using social media can make you happier.
This study done by Lee Farquhar, Butler University Associate Professor of Entertainment Media and Journalism in the College of Communication shows that due to social comparison, we could use social media to feel better about ourselves. As quoted in Scienceblog.com, he says
“There is no secret that Facebook intensity has been associated with negative social consequences, such as anxiety, narcissism, and loneliness,” says Farquhar, whose own previous research has revealed those very things. “But this looked at something new. When individuals positively compared themselves to other Facebook users, they had higher levels of reported happiness. These findings nuance previous scholarship that largely indicated heavy Facebook use has a detrimental effect on one’s psychological well-being. It is not the amount of Facebook use that matters, but rather, how one feels they measure up in comparison with those around them.
If the user wanted to feel better about his or her career, they might compare to an individual who is unemployed, or had a less appealing job. That same type of comparison could be done for virtually every other aspect of one’s life, like intelligence, family life, the list goes on,” he says. “It is not simply the amount of social comparing one does that matters, but the type of comparison that predicts happiness and life satisfaction.”
This targeted, downward social comparison was the predictor of happiness and overall life satisfaction, Farquhar says.
His research, which focused mostly on college students and Amazon workers (average age was 30) was published in the Journal of New Media and Culture.
However, as he points out, the long- term strategy of using this for happiness doesn’t pan out.
“I wouldn’t encourage people to spend more time on Facebook looking for people to look down on,” he says. “Looking for peers to look down on to make oneself feel better is not the prescription here. We believe the more time spent on there, the less satisfied with life one will eventually be, as one is bound to run into unfavorable social comparisons.”
So why do we do it? Why do we spend so much time scrolling and reading about what our friends are doing and what the world is up to?
According to Entrepreneur.com, it is for the instant gratification.
Social media provides this unique instant gratification — as soon as you posts something, people are showing you their support, approval and admiration. This is especially true on Instagram, where a lot of individuals yearning to become Instafamous are participating in “follow-for-follow” schemes.
Because we want our business to look, and of course be, successful, we’re after as many followers and likes as we can possibly get. It makes sense, we as humans perceive “popular” things to be “great” and “cool.” What we fail to recognize, though, is that we’re going down a rabbit hole, looking for more ways to promote our business and be seen by as many people as humanly possible. This is, clearly, the wrong way to do social media.
So how do we avoid this “rabbit hole” and still enjoy connecting with our friends and family. How can we make sure that social media is good for our mental health?
Here are some tips for good mental health on social media
1. Don’t read everything posted.
Choose the battle that is most important to you and leave the rest. You can’t solve all the world’s problems.
My personal choice is to read all local business news (SBOT, Surrey604 and Surrey Now Leader) so I am up to date on the important things going on in my world. My area of personal interest is politics, so I read anything about politics, with a strong focus on local, provincial and federal as opposed to the world stage. The rest, as tempting as it is, I leave for someone else.
2. Know your sources
It is important to look at the source BEFORE reading and not fall for click bait. Put your critical thinking cap on before you absorb what is being said. If the article or person says anything of a deeply personal or personally derogatory nature about a public figure, stop reading. You are looking for information or education not joining in a school-yard cyber bullying attack.
If an article is over-stating something or blatantly untruthful, stop reading. Why look for a grain of truth among click-bait lies. Find the truth somewhere else. If the article is from a source that has lied in the past, don’t bother reading it. You wouldn’t let someone who constantly lies to you remind in your circle so why would you continue to read content from a source that lies.
Be careful that the news you are absorbing is based on truth even if you don’t like the message. Form your life opinions around things you can prove to be true.
3. Mindfully Avoid Click Bait
“Headline – Toddler eaten by Bald Eagle.” Whatever is going on in that story is probably none of your business. As awful as whatever it is might be for people in the story and as tempting as the headline might be, if there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, save your mental health by not reading it at all.
4. Try to balance the negative with positive.
Follow some art pages, a photographer’s page, a cat website, or a page on how to cook. Use social media to check-in regularly with friends who lift you up and they will be inspired to send you teddy bears and hugs or whatever it is that makes your day.
5. Connect with people you love.
Look at your list of friends and pick one and send them a little note telling them something about them that you really like. Not a whole love letter. Just a quick note. Do that once a day and you will get a lot of love back.
6. Remember that what you see on social media is only part of the story.
The big successes never show the hard work and self-doubt it took to get there. The failures we over-share about don’t show the climb back to the top because we sometimes forget to finish our story. Every single normal person on earth has days when they doubt themselves. Every normal person gets depressed and overwhelmed on some days, they just don’t post about those days. Every single normal person has bad hair, bad dog, where’s my car keys, I hate you, stubbed the baby toe, crap it’s raining – type days, so don’t look at other people and their constant smile and wonder why you are the only one struggling. You aren’t the only one. You are not alone.
7. Don’t compare your life with someone else’s.
he only competitor for your success is your own mind and the limitations you put on yourself. You only run the race against your own belief structure. If your self-esteem is taking a hit, use social media to affirm yourself. Find some life affirmation videos and soak it all in.
8. No complaints made without offering a possible solution.
Life is about balancing the good with the bad. The lessons with the ribbons. Keep a balanced mind set and a balanced Facebook page. For every negative post, find two positive ones to off-set it. Be mindful about what you are absorbing
9. Lastly, no sharing or reading anything about Harry and Meghan. (leave them alone to live their lives in peace.).
Try a cat video. Find something that makes you laugh and then share it so we can all see your sick sense of humour. Find a senior, shut in or person who is struggling and commit to sending them one thing every day. Use social media to give back to your community. Take a minute to really think about what lifts you up, makes you smile and then go and search for those things. Don’t forget to share it with all of us because we want life affirming posts too.
Social media can educate us (if we check and double check our sources), it can prompt us to act (see you at city hall on Monday night – it’s going to be exciting…I promise you. Uber is only the icing on a very complicated cake), and it can build us up if we use it mindfully.
If you let it, social media can remind us that we have friends, we are not alone in our struggles, we are loved, and we can continue to connect with others in a meaningful, positive way.
Take a moment and use your social media skills to bless yourself and someone else today.
SMH Sim Lab Trains Healthcare Workers To Handle COVID-19
Surrey Memorial Hospital Simulation Lab is Game Changer in Training Healthcare Workers to Handle COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis
Surrey Hospitals Foundation Investing $100,000 in New Simulation Technology
The Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Simulation Lab has been credited as a “game changer” in helping train healthcare workers to better handle COVID-19 pandemic crisis situations.
The Surrey Hospitals Foundation is investing another $100,000 for new simulation technologies for the SMH Simulation Lab, contributing a total of $1.3 million including seed funding since 2015.
The SMH simulation Lab is one of two regional simulation centres supporting the Fraser Health region. It is a partnership between Surrey Memorial Hospital, Fraser Health and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.
“Our Simulation Lab has been very successful in training and preparing healthcare workers in various emergency situations and ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it has been instrumental in helping frontline hospital staff handle crisis situations,” says Lisa Ewart, Clinical Practice Consultant and Simulation Program Lead in Fraser Health.
“In addition, our Simulation Lab has facilitated and identified ongoing improvements in healthcare procedures, especially related to COVID-19, that has been adopted and implemented across the region.”
Between March and June 2020 alone, the SMH Simulation Lab has conducted 217 COVID-19 process simulations and trained over 900 hospital staff, using scenarios that were developed based on current pandemic guidelines from the Emergency Operations Committee.
These simulations occurred in emergency, intensive care, cardiac care, medical/surgical cohort units, COVID-19 testing centers and involved interdisciplinary participation.
The SMH Simulation Lab allows learners to practice high risk, low-frequency procedures – such as trauma from a car accident, or how to care for a patient in a pandemic – in a safe, risk-free environment.
Simulation encourages team training, by building on teamwork and communication skills, identifying roles or practicing use of protocols during a crisis or code blue situations.
The Simulation Lab supports healthcare workers, hospital staff, students, social workers, lab technicians and other learning groups such as community first responders.
Pediatric Emergency Department Simulation Practice
The Simulation Lab also takes part in the Surrey Hospital Foundation’s Mini Med School Education Program which gives high school students an opportunity to explore a variety of medical specialties with small-group workshops with physicians and technicians.
Interesting facts about the Surrey Memorial Hospital Simulation Lab:
- 3 high tech rooms, 2 debrief rooms, 3 skill rooms, 1 virtual reality surgical simulation room.
- Pediatric simulations to support pediatric emergency department, child health centre and pediatric psychiatry.
- In 2020 alone, the SIM Lab completed more than 2,400 hours of simulation education and more than 800 simulation sessions compared to 401 hours and 153 sessions in 2016.
- The pediatric mannequins that were bought in 2020 have been used in more than 60 simulations sessions and over 110 hours of clinical training.
- The adult mannequins from 2015 have had 17,000 compressions, been ventilated 2,400 times and been shocked 700 times.
“Our Foundation provided the seed funding when the SIM lab was first launched in 2015, and we are proud to continue supporting this crucially important education program to help improve the quality of our healthcare and health outcomes of our patients,” says Jane Adams, President and CEO of the Surrey Hospitals Foundation.
About Surrey Hospitals Foundation:
Surrey Hospitals Foundation is the largest non-government funder of health care for families in Surrey and surrounding Fraser Valley communities.
The Foundation supports the major health facilities in the region, Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC), as well as numerous specialized programs for newborns, children, adults and seniors.
The Foundation invests in the future of health care by funding innovative research in Surrey that can lead to medical breakthroughs.
BC Government Announces Additional AstraZeneca Vaccines Available At 20 London Drugs Locations In The Lower Mainland
London Drugs Opens Online Appointment Booking System for those Aged 55 to 65
London Drugs will open up online appointment booking after the province has announced limited additional supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Starting at 12:45 p.m. (PST) on Monday April 5, those aged 55 to 65 can visit the online booking system at LondonDrugs.com/covid19 and follow the prompts to find available appointments.
2200 doses will be distributed amongst 20 London Drugs locations in the Lower Mainland before the end of day Monday April 5 with additional supply expected in the coming weeks.
“With the overwhelming demand, we are happy to see the government now accelerating the distribution of the vaccine through our pharmacies,” said Chris Chiew, General Manager of Pharmacy at London Drugs.
Patients will now be able to join a waitlist on a first-come-first-serve basis so that when vaccine inventory is depleted, they will be notified when more appointments become available.
Patients on the waitlist will also be notified if there are “no shows” to previously booked appointments. Everyone wanting an appointment must go through the same online booking system.
“We are doing everything we can to quickly respond to changing vaccine supply and help the government ensure a widespread, easily accessible and equitable vaccination campaign as we do every year for flu,” said Chiew. “Thank you to our customers and patients for their patience. And to our pharmacy staff for their early efforts in what will be one of the largest public immunizations efforts ever undertaken in the province.”
For months, London Drugs pharmacists have been assisting with the Province’s vaccination efforts by administering the COVID vaccine on-site at various assisted living facilities and hospitals in B.C. to help speed up delivery to those most at-risk.
AstraZeneca Vaccines will be available for eligible British Columbians aged 55-65 at the following locations:
About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs sells to every province and territory in Canada through its online store www.LondonDrugs.com and has 81 physical stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from personal protection equipment for pandemic safety, to digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 9000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business.
Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring Canadian company that supports Canadian brands and continues to position itself for future growth and development.
Mayor Doug McCallum Urges Everyone To Do Their Part And Get Vaccinated When Turn Comes Up
Surrey, BC – Mayor Doug McCallum is asking everyone to get vaccinated when their turn comes up. Eligibility to book an appointment in Mayor McCallum’s age bracket came into effect yesterday. The Mayor promptly went online and scheduled an appointment for his immunization shot, which he received this afternoon.
“The light in this long tunnel that we have been travelling in is getting brighter everyday. We can get there sooner if everyone gets vaccinated when it is their turn. I can assure you that booking an appointment was easy and fast through Fraser Health’s online process and that the shot I received today was done safely, quickly and virtually pain-free. Let’s stamp out COVID. Book your immunization shot as soon as your turn comes up.”
The City of Surrey is supporting Fraser Health’s mass immunization clinics by offering space at three Recreation Centres. Eligible residents can book vaccination appointments beginning March 29 for clinics at Cloverdale Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre. Fraser Health is planning to open a third Surrey clinic at Guildford Recreation Centre and a date will be announced soon.
Visit fraserhealth.ca/vaccine to learn more or to book a COVID vaccination appointment.
3 Surrey Recreation Centres To Serve As Mass Immunization Clinics For Fraser Health Authority
Surrey, BC – In support of Fraser Health Authority’s (FHA) COVID-19 vaccination rollout, gymnasiums at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, and Guildford Recreation Centre will serve as sites for mass immunization clinics.
“As vaccine distribution is set to ramp up, the City is proud to do its part in supporting Fraser Health’s safe vaccination rollout by offering the gymnasium space at these three civic facilities,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Vaccinating over 600,000 residents is no small feat, but we are confident that by offering these large distribution centres, everyone who wants to be immunized will have access to one near their home.”
Eligible residents can currently book vaccination appointments for clinics within Surrey at both the Cloverdale Recreation Centre and South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre. FHA is planning to open a third clinic in Surrey at Guildford Recreation Centre and a date will be announced soon.
Each site will include a drop-off location for immunization appointments, and residents are encouraged to take public transit when possible. Free parking is available.
Eligible residents can book vaccination appointments by visiting fraserhealth.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling the Fraser Health vaccination appointment line at 1-855-755-2455, which is available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call only when it’s your turn.
Recreational programming will continue at these facilities utilizing separate entrances, and City staff are working to minimize programming disruptions.
Find the latest information on COVID-19 on the City’s social media channels at www.surrey.ca/Covid19.
A Proudly Canadian Solution to Canada’s Chronic Drug and Vaccine Shortages
Ensuring Canadians have access to the medications they need means supporting Canadian manufacturers, says London Drugs.
The pandemic has highlighted a glaring weakness in Canadian healthcare: reoccurring shortages of essential drugs and vaccines.
London Drugs says it is important to work now to find solutions to drug and vaccine supply. As the company prepares to join Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, it is pledging support to Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturers to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers and improve domestic supply of essential medicines and vaccines.
“There is a proudly Canadian solution to the medication and vaccine shortages: supporting domestic drug manufacturers,” says Clint Mahlman, President and COO, London Drugs.
“It’s the right thing to do for our pharmacy patients, for the industry and for the country.” An overwhelming majority of Canadians agree.
A recent survey among members of the online Angus Reid Forum found due to the pandemic, 96 per cent of Canadians feel that it is important to have a strong domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing presence.
Drug shortages have been a challenge for Canada’s pharmacies for many years including epipens and other treatments. The result of longstanding global supply chain issues, shortages can have a real impact on the health of Canadians. Domestic manufacturing may offer a long-term solution.
London Drugs has a long history of supporting local Canadian products and Canadian suppliers. Proudly Canadian signage in stores and online make it easier for customers to find locally made products. Consistent with its commitment to supporting local, in April 2020, London Drugs offered up shelf space in stores to local small businesses who had to close their doors due to COVID-19; the ‘Local Central’ initiative raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Canadian small businesses.
With respect to drug and vaccine shortages, London Drugs is in continuous discussions with Apotex Inc., and other Canadian manufacturers on this issue.
Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer says that its fully integrated manufacturing facilities underscore the importance of having a domestic manufacturing capability.
“We have the ability to adjust our manufacturing and distribution in order to meet urgent government and patient needs,” says Raymond Shelley, SVP Commercial Operations- Canadian & Caribbean, Apotex.
In April 2020, the world saw a growing demand of hydroxychloroquine. Apotex shifted its priorities by scaling up production to manufacture more hydroxychloroquine to meet the increased demand. Being its home market, Canadians were the first priority before product was shipped to other markets.
“With support from other Canadian companies like London Drugs, we can help make Canada self-sufficient by ensuring a stable, secure supply of medication and bring new drugs to market,” says Shelley. “That not only means better care for Canadians, but also thousands of new, high-quality, highly skilled jobs.”
*According to StatsCan, the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Canada employs approximately 30,000 people. With an increased pharmaceutical manufacturing presence, Canadians will see a direct economic impact through a growth in employment opportunities.
“As a Canadian owned and operated company, we understand the importance of supporting Canadian businesses. And given the option, we would want more domestic suppliers helping to keep our pharmacies stocked – ensuring our patients get the crucial medications and vaccines when they need it,” says Mahlman.
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