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Gravesy takes a break from social media

We had a chat with Gravesy about his recent social media break and how it's impacted his mental health.

James has been with AHLG for 5 years, is known as the ‘hedge-guru’, and is a much loved character around the company. We sat down and had a chat with Gravesy about his recent social media break and how it’s impacted his mental health. 

How long have you been on social media?

I’ve probably used social media for the last 10 years

What’s caused you to go on a socials hiatus?

It’s got to the point where I would just find myself mindlessly scrolling on it for countless hours. Recently though, I would see everyone doing better than me, always on their dream holidays, hottest girlfriends on the planet, and just their lives looked so good. It made me feel so bad about myself and I found myself thinking I was going nowhere and that my life was so bad.

So, you imposed a complete social media ban?

I got rid of pretty much everything, dating apps included, and just kept a couple of things to talk to my friends.

That’s huge mate, have you noticed any changes? 
I realised how addicted I was! I still pick up my phone and just stare at it for no reason. It’s weird. It hasn’t like changed everything, but it’s refreshing not seeing all the fake stuff online.

I’m definitely less stressed from it, it’s made me find time to do small chores and things I’ve been putting off instead of mindlessly scrolling. It’s made me more interested in seeing people face to face and engaging with people when I’m out in public/with my friends.

Where to from here?

To be honest, I don’t think I’ll download any of these apps again for a while. Since not having them I’ve realised how fickle they are.

During our monthly team wrap newsletter, amongst general team communications we have a segment that focusses on mental health and wellbeing. This may include mental health resources, tips, and interviews with the team on what is challenging them or helping their mental health journey. Big thanks to Gravesy for his openness and vulnerability. 

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