Social Media: How To Disconnect
Am I The Only One who has to take a break from social media from time to time? Especially now more than ever. There's so much going on in the world today - conspiracy theories, fake news and even in pop culture. It can all be so draining, especially when you try to decipher what matters and what doesn't.
Friends, sometimes you have to give yourself a mental break and a pass on not being "in the know"
Here's how you can disconnect and give your mind a break:
1. Spend more time doing what you love. Be it working out, traveling or cooking. If you are doing what love you won't feel the need to reach for your phone, laptop or mobile devices. Staying busy is the best thing you can do to disconnect from the Internet.
2. Give yourself a time limit. That's right, put yourself on time out. Turn your phone over so you aren't tempted to look at your notifications. Make it a point to not touch your phone an hour before bed. There are also tons of apps that can help you put your phone down.
3. Pick and choose your battles and if you have to engage, pick a credible source. Friends, sometimes you just have to opt out. I do it all the time and there's nothing wrong with that. You can't be on the front lines of every issue, it's just exhausting. If you do decided to stay in tune, always pick a credible. There's nothing worse than getting the wrong information.
How do you disconnect?
Am I The Only One who feel like social media has crossed a few lines? My famous line "Don't get me wrong" I love snap chat filters, shade room, and funny meme's like the next person. But social media has turned us into a different kinda of people. For example; it is not normal, I repeat IT IS NOT NORMAL to witness violent crimes on a daily basis. Research shows that watching it online, especially live can cause anxiety, flash blacks, emotional stress, and sometime physical symptoms.
You are literally going through a traumatic event, why would we willingly do that to ourselves?
Social media has also created a culture of oversharing and validation seeking.
Yes, one of social media's most valuable component is the ability to connect to so many people across the world. That's really the beauty of the whole thing, you can find whoever and whatever. However, it's probably not the best idea to to air out all your dirty laundry about your family, friends, significant other, child's parent etc. Because we all know people talk, and you're inviting everybody opinions and energy into an already difficult situation.
We also know that there are often consequences to your online behavior, many people have lost jobs and relationships from violent, sexual and other posts. Sometimes it's really just not worth it. I know likes and comments feel good, but there is more than life then your news feed. Without your social platforms, you're good enough friend. Social media is a powerful tool, let's try to use a little better.