If your work requires you to scroll through social media throughout the day, it can feel impossible to remove yourself from the online world.
Whether you’re a blogger, influencer, or small business owner, you must protect your mental health. In this blog post, I share tips to protect your mental health.
Monitor your screen time and set limits
Most of us spend copious amounts of time staring into our phones, especially social media. One way to reduce the amount of time you spend on social media is by setting limits on your phone. You can set time limits for apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Once you’ve selected your time limit, the app will remind you when you’re about to run out.
Turn off notifications
Another excellent way to reduce the amount of time you spend on social media is by turning off notifications. That way, you are not continually looking at your phone to check what’s happening on the gram, for example. Alternatively, you can set a bedtime on your device. By doing that, you stop late-night notifications, and all notifications will be paused until the morning. This feature is available on both Android (Digital Wellbeing feature) and Apple devices (Clock feature).
Instead of just mindlessly scrolling through social media, have a plan of what you want to accomplish and use your time wisely. Log in, do what you need to do, then log out.
Unfollow accounts that don’t make you feel good.
If there’s an account that you’re following and it doesn’t make you feel good, then you need to unfollow them. It’s important to remember that Instagram is a highlight reel — people only show their best moments.
If you don’t want someone close to you to know that you’ve unfollowed them on Instagram or Twitter, you can use the mute button to hide them from your feed.
Follow inspiring accounts
Are the accounts that you follow aligned with what’s important to you as well as your values? If not, then it’s time to make some changes.
Control your comments
You can turn off comments for an Instagram post if you don’t want to get any feedback or negativity from your audience. It’s your account. You get to make the rules
Take a social media break
Take a break from social media to do things that you enjoy. Start by unplugging on a weekend so that you are ready to take on the new week.
We live in a demanding and challenging world, especially if you’re working in social media. So be intentional about how you use social media to protect your mental health. Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below.
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