This post is a bit late (sorry!) but June 30th was Social Media Day, a day to celebrate how awesome social media can be. And it can be really awesome! But it can also cause some big problems. That’s something that I wanted to address today!
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. I mean, it’s a major part of my job so of course I use it a lot. It can help you express yourself, connect with other people you wouldn’t have met otherwise, and it can just be fun.
But it can also lead to drama, it can be a distraction, and it can even lead to mental health issues. That’s why self-care is so important when it comes to social media.
So, today I wanted to share 6 tips for self-care on social media!
1- Keep in mind that it isn’t reality.
What you see on social media is just what people want you to see of them. Their highlight reel, usually. People are not their social media presence. They aren’t documenting their everyday lives and it’s not their real world. Yes, of course there are real life things on social media but it’s not a full picture of reality.
2- Always be mindful.
Be mindful of what you share on social media. Set boundaries and think about what you’re posting before you share it with the world. Also, pay attention to how you’re feeling when you’re scrolling through your feed. Are you feeling happy and entertained? Or are you feeling sad and stressed? That brings me to the next tip…
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3- Unplug once in a while.
If you notice you’re feeling negative emotions related to social media, unplug. Remember that it’s not reality and you can take time away from it. Take a break and focus on yourself. Do something that makes you feel happy and energized, like spending face-to-face time with someone you love or doing your favorite hobby.
4- Avoid the negativity.
Try to avoid the negativity of social media as much as you can. If someone’s posts constantly make you feel bad about yourself, someone is constantly posting negativity, or you just aren’t interested in someone’s posts, feel free to un-follow them. Instead, fill your feed with positivity and follow people who inspire you.
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5- Stop the unhealthy comparison.
I know I touched on this with number one, but it’s so important that I want to say it again. People only share what they want to share on social media, so there’s no point in comparing your lows with their highs. Actually, there’s no point in comparing yourself to others in an unhealthy way, period.
6- Keep it authentic.
In a feed full of carefully curated moments, it can be hard not to feel the pressure to do what everyone else is doing. You don’t have to have a pure white color scheme in your home just because everyone else has bright white photos. You don’t have to order avocado toast just because everyone else posts photos of it. Do what makes you happy and be yourself. Now, if those things make you happy then yes, totally do them. But trends come and go and your happiness is much more important.
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How do you practice self-care on social media? Let me know in the comments!