I never realized how addicting social media could be until I started to blog more and more. I can’t count the number of times I’ve found myself mindlessly scrolling and comparing myself to other peoples highlight reels. As the year wraps up, I’ve made it one of my goals to be more intentional with my time. This includes one social media free weekend a month that I intend to complete next weekend! One way that I have cultivated a healthier social media relationship is to make sure that I am showing a fuller picture of myself and not just the happy times to my audience. I’ve found that setting boundaries with social media helps me keep a healthier outlook on something I feel so lucky to call my job!
One of the big things I’ve been doing lately is that if I feel a judgment creeping up on my part, I silently say to myself, “don’t’ be a hater” and poof it’s released! It always makes me giggle and releases the weight of the judgment. You see, how people want to live their life on social media is really none of my business. What is my business is what I choose to create and what I choose to consume. Here are some tips to help you get to a healthier relationship with social media :
1. As soon as you find yourself comparing, stop scrolling.
2. If there’s a certain account that causes you massive anxiety or Fomo, unfollow!
3. If there’s someone you love and that inspires you, comment and show them a lot of love!
4. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling, you’ve lost focus. Throw on your favorite song and have a dance party or go for a walk!
5. Use that handy feature on the new iPhone and set limits to have downtime.
6. Every time you mindlessly reach for your cell phone set it down and pick up your water bottle, take a big drink.
7. Keep your phone on silent or turn off social media alerts! Do you really need to see the moment your friend from high school’s cousin posts about her trip to Santorini?
8. Take your real camera with you on trips! Your pictures will look better and you’ll be less tempted to get out of the moment by getting sucked into social media
9. Set a bedtime for your phone. Treat it like your kids and make sure it’s down before you are. Then don’t pick it up. Just like you wouldn’t wake your kids up!
10. Pick a Social Media Free weekend and marvel in all the stuff you get done!
These tips have been really helping me maintain my sanity while living my life on social media lately. I’d love to hear from you guys! What are you doing to keep a healthy relationship with social media?