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!
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.