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Social media is a great way to stay connected and up to date with loved ones as well as your audience.

But it can also become a hatchery of misleading posts, conspiracy theories and political propaganda, creating arguments and outrage amongst users. Maintaining a level head as a journalist will not only help you get more out of your social media presence, it is also good for your mental health.

Neal Justin, columnist at StarTribune, has put together a list of ways to cool it down on your social media here.

"If some hothead in front of you in line at the grocery store is spouting nonsense, you're not going to chime in and say, 'Oh, that's not how I see it,' " Justin writes. "You're going to wait until he gets out of your space. You should take the same approach online as well."

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