For many years I’ve been a person very typical and reliant on the wonders of social media, the stories that are shared, the movements that are pronounced and the connections we can all make within seconds, if that, is enough to make my brain giddy with excitement.
It feels like we live in an age where time has fast forwarded, that we’re constantly moving from one place to another, never really stopping.
All of what I’ve just described sounds like a miracle of the modern age, we all speak about our online lives with pride, sharing all that we have in high regard, I can admit I am a huge sucker for displaying my life in an aesthetically pleasing way, as is everyone else.
But there’s comes a point where a fascination can easily turn into an obsession, the line separating the two is fine indeed. And this summer I witnessed myself at either extremes.
I would wake up and my brain would be rearing to go with ideas for pictures and templates and layouts and the billion of things in between, not to mention the scrolling, ten hours at a time. My body would cry out on exhaustion and my brain would be on a high to the point where sleeping and rest were non-existent.
I woke awaken the next day and swear I would never let myself be consumed again, but it happened over and over again. Until I hit a state of permanent exhaustion. On those days I would sit and stare up at the ceiling listening to the clock tick by, counting the seconds until I was ease and my mind calm.
How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media
Step 1: Its only half real.
Most of what we see are the best parts, whether it’s a holiday, a day out in the town or even a meet up. What you don’t see are the natural pauses of life in between, the silence between conversations, the wondering mind thinking of what to photograph next. Instead it all comes in like something curated to perfection, because in essence that’s what it is.
Step 2: See other people.
Take a step outside the box, the literal box that you keep clutched to your heart every second of every day. What if you went out to see friends or family or even yourself, would you worried about not posting every moment? Instead of having FOMO of your own life, live a little and keep it to yourself, for yourself.
Step 3: Ground yourself in the here and now.
Sometimes we get so caught up about planning our feed or always trying to step forward, that we often forget we only have the here and now, we are in the present moment experiencing life as it flies by. There’s no moment like the present for really feeling and living with yourself. Not every moment needs to be shared with the world.
How do you deal with social media?
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