Healthy Social Media Habits: 2 Simple Steps
If you don’t know by now, let me tell you how much I love social media. I mean I love it. Let me tell you why I love it so much.
1. I’ve made a career out of it.
2. I love connecting with friends and family who live far away.
3. I love celebrating life moments, milestones, fitness accomplishments, and unique experiences with my tribe.
4. I love all the great recipes and decorating ideas I find.
5. I use it as a place to find and give inspiration, motivation, and encouragement. I love sharing my own passion for fitness and wellness with others.
As a professional marketer, social media slayer, and blogger I am in touch with the power these platforms provide. But just like anything else, you must establish healthy habits that work for you. Think of it the same way you think of nutrition or even weekly alcohol consumption. I assume you have set healthy boundaries for yourself. You determine what you take in? How much? How often? And even from what sources?
When dealing with the world wide web, there are a couple things you may want to consider as you waste hours scrolling through feeds and pins. No judgement…it’s not only my job…but a worthwhile past time.
I have come to notice some posting behavior from people that has turned a bit…unattractive. Now before you jump down my neck about being authentic and accuse people of painting false representations of their life on the internet, let me stop you. I know everyone has a bad day, natural disasters happen, and personal tragedy has hit all of us. After all, being able to share and show vulnerability is the basis for any good relationship. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the repeated my life sucks, The President sucks, my job sucks, my relationship sucks venting. Did it ever occur to you that those people posting positive images, quotes, and updates actually get it. They know that no one wants to hear about their daily battles in such a public forum. This leads me to my first healthy habit tip.
1. Change Your Mindset, Change Your Feed. We are our own news and media vehicles. You have the responsibility and the opportunity to report the good. Do you choose to post about the idiot driver who cut you off on the way to work or…do you choose to post about how blue the sky is and that you can’t wait to run after work. Which one feeds your spirit better? Which one will feed your online community in a more healthy way?
2. Use The Unfollow Button As Needed. I don’t mean unfriend. Simply unfollow. I can’t remember the last time I read a political rant, a religious debate, or bashing of any sort. I do not subscribe to people who think or talk that way, let alone write that way. I consider those people spirit stealers and I’ve fought too hard to build strength in that department. I am allowed to care for those people and even carry on a relationship with them…but I refuse to let them kill my vibes.
Three consecutive nonconstructive posts may lead me to send you a private message to check in and see if you are ok, followed by hiding you in my feed.
No need to give it up completely, just monitor and re-establish your boundaries. You certainly wouldn’t give up all food if you gained a few pounds would you? Instead of quitting, try replacing certain social media contributors in your feed with others.
Here are just a few of my favorite personalities/companies who do an awesome job motivating, inspiring, and encouraging their audiences. Check them out online for yourself!