With May being Mental Health Awareness month, we wanted to talk about social media and how it affects your mind, body, and most importantly, time. We spend on average over 150-minutes per day on social media, which is roughly 17-hours a week.

What if you took a break from sharing and commenting? What would you do with 17 extra hours? Below we have some suggestions to help you get the most out of your new-found free time.

With 17 extra hours in a week …

…you could have dinner with your family each night

Spending quality time with family is now more important than ever. The ritual of family dinners helps with several mental health factors such as:

  • Lowering depression and obesity rates
  • Higher self-esteem
  • A greater sense of resilience

…you could start to learn a new language

Remember how you always wanted to learn that new language? This is a great way to kickstart this endeavor. Learning a new language helps in a variety of ways, including increasing your job opportunities. Some other positives are:

  • More immersion to other cultures
  • Increased creativity
  • Heightened cognitive ability

…you could train your new pup

When it comes to training your new fur baby, it takes patience and time. If you’re looking for some direction, we provided some helpful tips below.

  • Be consistent with the direction
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be generous with your affection

…you could be less stressed

We know stress will always be around, but we can combat it with more time spent on mental wellness. Check out our YouTube page for meditation and yoga classes to help calm the nerves and let you excel.

Yoga class:

Meditation class:

… you could cook new healthy recipes

We all want to eat healthier and try new dishes, but what’s our typical excuse? Lack of time. Not anymore! Use your new freedom and try these super yummy meals below.

Turkey Ragu:

Egg Muffins:

… you could help someone

Even if you’re stuck at home, you can still help others. The “Be My Eyes” app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. A few other ways you can help from home are:


  • This service uses its website to match professionals with nonprofits based on their skills and time availability

Career village

  • An online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by people working, or that have worked, in that field

Sources: The Family Dinner Project, Psychology Today, opens in a new windowPetfinder.com, Good Morning America