We’re living in a social media world. We share every moment on social media, and sometimes we can get overwhelmed. So, if you’re feeling like you’re being somewhat controlled by social media, here are a few ways you can stay grounded.
Make Time For You
Sure, social media is a very self-centred and egotistical platform, but taking time out from social media and focussing on your actual health is important. Sure, you may have posted a selfie saying “The best accessory you can wear is a smile” (also, that’s such a cliche, think of a new caption), but are you really happy? Take time out from social media, have a sleep and take a bath. Get yourself a new quilt cover online, and take some time to refocus your energy. Read a book, write a letter, do some gardening. Make time for you, and make sure you don’t share it online.
Switch Off For A While
Let’s get basic here, switching off your mobile for a while (not while you’re sleeping, that’s cheating) is a great way to disconnect from the net and feel reconnected to the actual world. This means turning off your phone for a few hours a day, while you’re at work, when you’re at lunch with mates or you’re just going for a run, keep your phone away, and focus on the present.
Breharne Al Zoubi from ByBreharne shares her advice for staying grounded. “Staying grounded is something that I had to actively teach myself and I continue to learn to exercise. To stay grounded in our social media world I make sure to get together with a friend or business contact at least once a week, in real life. I've also made a personal rule, that when I'm with my family or enjoying time with my children I am to put someone else in charge of taking photos. This rule serves 2 purposes, it ensures that I am in some of those photos with my family and that I am not spending special moments looking through a lens.” Find out more about ByBreharne by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Cherish The Moment, Not The Likes
You know the saying: “Pics or it didn’t happen”. It has taken over our lives, making us share every aspect of our lives, all the time. From this stems the obsession with obtaining as many likes as you can, with some people even delving into buying fake “likes” so they can achieve that sense of accomplishment. With the increasing need for likes, comes the release of dopamine, the “satisfaction” hormone. This hormone gets released when you achieve something you’ve been craving, and it can become absurdly addictive. The need for “likes’ is the new sign of acknowledgement. Rather than craving the likes we get, how about we start craving the actual act that made us want to get those likes? Don’t go to places just for the picture, go for the place itself.
Jenny Cole from BEAM Consulting shares her advice. “Slow down, happiness is trying to catch you. When the world is speeding up, take the time to plan slow time. Plan time to rest, time to breathe, to meditate and to notice the world around you. Put these times in your calendar.” Find out more about BEAM Consulting by following them on Facebook.
Delete Your Social Media Apps
Odette Barry from Odette & Co. shares her advice. “It might seem extreme but if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a little life reset, try deleting your social apps for a day and see if it makes a difference. You don’t need to delete your accounts, just wipe them from your phone, it will only take an hour before you realise you’re searching for your apps. Take a moment to breathe and reset each time you catch yourself swiping through your phone idling looking for them.” Find out more about Odette & Co. by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Brand strategist, Samuel Pavin shares his advice. “As a former marketer, social media manager, leader of a national program, brand strategy consultant (and heavy user of social media) and, finally, Key Opinion Leader (for Chinese firm Huawei among others), my life mostly relies on social media. Yet, for someone whose daily work is linked to these various platforms, I am often seen as being able to keep an illogical distance from these. Why? I come from a humble, country, background and have always been taught that only what you can touch really matters. When growing food conditions your ability to eat, real work takes real meaning. Beyond that, regardless of status or type of work, I do decide on my path in life. It is easy for people to hate their job, hate their life but not quit or change. I have. And every experience stays with me as a reminder that whatever I achieve could disappear tomorrow. And I could actually be the one choosing to make it disappear too. Last, my family in general and my fiancée, in particular, do live outside the social media craze and are happy to have fun at my expense when I tend to float in the virtual world. These are people who could not care less about vanity metrics or Twitter royalty. And they are the best at keeping the "real" in my life.” Find out more about Samuel by following him on Facebook and Instagram.
Reconnect With Your Pet
Your pet doesn’t need social media to feel loved, so why not take a leaf out of their book and spend some time with them? You can just chill with them as they lie in their pet bed from MyDeal, or you can take a stroll with them outside, reconnecting with nature as you go. Keep your phone in your back pocket, and focus on what you’re doing.