Taking a break from social media can be hard when that's where the majority of your leads come from and that's where you're connecting with others. It's still very important to protect your mental health on these platforms!
Start by watching TedX Speaker & Coach, Lea Tran, and I talk about how we clean up social media to make it a healthier experience for us (and the "why" behind it). Plus, try my 2-week challenge outlined below...
Here's how I protect myself on social media even though I own a Digital Marketing Firm and my life revolves around these platforms. Taking these steps will help you be more in control of your experience, help with productivity, and help protect your mental health.
Ashley's 2-Week Challenge
Scroll with Mindfulness
For 2 weeks, use social media very consciously. Instead of scrolling for what interests you, be mindful of each post. Stop and ask yourself "how does it make me feel"? Stressed? Anxious? Anger?
Take this time to evaluate posts from:
When you come across things that don't make you feel good - even if it's a post you agree with (hello politics) - mute or snooze it. You don't need to unfriend or unfollow forever, but you can mute or snooze the person or brand who's posting. Remember ... even if it’s an account or post that you agree with, if it's giving you feelings that don't align with what you consider to be healthy ... then it needs to be out of sight (at least for a while).
Keep evaluating, snoozing and muting for 2 weeks. The second week will come with a whole new set of people, pages, and groups you probably forget about, so you'll need to do the process again.
Protect Your Posts
If you're like many people you also have friends, connections, and family who you DON'T want to see your good news either. When you move forward and take big steps in your life, there are people that will come to mind and you'll think “What will they think?” “What will they say about me?” - Get rid of them! Restrict them from seeing what you post (the "restrict" option is on Facebook).
Set Your Phone Up For Success
When it comes to staying off social media, your phone can be your worst enemy! Turn off all notifications from social apps - trust me, you'll feel so much better! You're not going to miss a thing. You'll still be playing on your phone before bed anyway (right???), so don't worry, you'll still see all of these notifications once you actually open the app.
Go one step further and choose a few apps to completely detox from. Remove them from your phone all together for a period of time. Most social platforms can still accessed online, so you can pull them up on your computer if you really need to get in.
Look for these options on each platform
Remember, you can report offensive content. Don't hesitate to report it.
Also ... it’s an algorithm! Whatever you click on, watch, share, like, or comment on will be what you see more of. You do NOT have to watch or read or reply to content that's sent to you from other people. If you know it's nothing you care for then just ignore it!
Twice a month, I hide in my 11 year old daughter's room because my 2.5 year old is relentless and will bang on the office door. I pour my self a BIG cup of coffee ... kidding, it's wine, and I teach people all around the world what I know about planning and writing social media posts and videos. FOR FREE!
Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners: This is for you!
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners are not (yet) in a place where they can spend thousands a month on a digital marketing firm, however they still need guidance and a plan to follow. I've always still wanted to connect with this audience and help them, so that's why I created this class! I've been getting great feedback so far!
The events are listed on Eventbrite -sign up if you're needing help in this area! I love meeting new people and hearing about their businesses and their goals. I also have a Facebook group that everyone is welcome to join after the class where we continue sharing ideas, asking each other for help, and promoting each other when asked.
Here's the class description
𝐖𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭? 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐲? 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬.
This class was designed for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are ready to take big leaps toward growing sales and clients, but aren't ready to invest thousands with a digital marketing firm just yet.
In just 60 minutes, we'll have your social posts and marketing promos planned for the next 30 days.
Plus, learn the SECRETS to quickly writing AMAZING social posts and video scripts designed to stop your audience from their mindless scrolling and start a connection with YOUR BUSINESS.
By attending the workshop, you'll get:
It's February and we are feeling the LOVE! The new year came in like a whirl wind and suddenly it's the second month of 2022! We wanted to slow down, press pause on our busy lives, and take a few minutes to just say "THANK YOU" to everyone who's helped our business grow this year.
To our clients
THANK YOU for supporting us! We're so honored and grateful that you chose That Digital Rush to provide your digital marketing services. We utilize a network of trusted freelancers who enjoy the freedoms from working at home and the creativity that comes with choosing their own projects. You might not always see the behind-the-scenes high fives and huge grins after you show your support, but they are there!
To our freelancers
THANK YOU for all of the hard work! Our group of freelancers are quite simply the most important thing to us. We couldn't build our dreams without an amazing group of people to help us provide excellent service in a timely manner and keep the backend running effortlessly. Thank you to each freelancer who contributes to our success. We only choose the best - freelancers who aren't just looking for a paycheck but are invested in and rooting for our clients to win every single day. That difference shows in our work!
To our families
THANK YOU for supporting our growth. When you're an entrepreneur or small business owner, your family gets what's left of you at the end of the day. It can be hard for them sometimes as they wait for us to get off the phone, close our laptops, or walk into the front door. We know that following a dream can have some sacrifices along the way and we're so grateful for the support and love from our families.
Sony, Lukas, Emma, and Nova - I love you!
Thank you to everyone who has us feeling so #blessed and #loved! Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!
Keeping the spark alive with your marketing efforts can feel like a lot of thankless, never-ending work when you’ve fallen into the same, dull routine. (It’s ok, you can admit your feelings to Mama Ash.) If your marketing plan doesn’t give you that tingly feeling then it probably isn’t getting your audience all hot and bothered either.
Use these ideas to spice things up.
1. Start a Customer Appreciation Program
First, I'm the mother of three crazy, sassy, sarcastic, hilarious children. Second, I work in the world of social media, email, digital marketing. Third, I'll probably try to tell you what to do.