How do you use social media daily? Is it for fun or business? Social media is now everywhere, and it is becoming more difficult to manage content consumption and screen time. Today, most people are constantly on social media. If you use social media in reckless abandon, you will miss how it is an incredible resource, and it can take a toll on your overall wellbeing. Allow social media to work for you through blast up and resist the urge to stay on it round the clock. Below are healthy social media habits to try.
1. Have a clear usage limit
Moderation is key. As with most things when it comes to social media usage. It is vital to have or create a social media routine. This ensures that you spend a specific amount of time online and live the rest of the time for personal use. You can choose your social media time. It can be in the morning, afternoon, or before dinner. Check the time that is convenient for you. Notably, it is best to avoid checking your social media before bedtime, for it affects your sleep quality and patterns. Practice this habit, and you will notice an increase in your productivity, and with time you will learn to set a realistic screen time.
2. Don’t be jealous, be inspired
Social media has people updating about everything in their life. Some are getting married, going on expensive trips, or landing a great job. It is a waste of time to compare your life with others. Or feel sorry for yourself and think your life is boring. The best thing to do is to use the opportunity to inspire you and motivate you to work harder to achieve your dreams. Also, people only post picture-perfect stories of their life, but everyone has unedited parts of life that are sometimes messy and difficult. Therefore, be kind to yourself and others, whether you are online or offline.
3. Use the social media apps purposefully
Sometimes you may want to check something online, but you end up staring at cat videos a few minutes later? This is common among most people. But, if you don’t keep in mind how this habit is addictive, it will turn into a poor habit of mindlessly browsing. It is harmless but can lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, and social media addiction. Stop this habit by disabling app notifications and logging into a site when you need to. So, when you are online, always focus on the task at hand. Whether it is checking your flight status, watching a favorite show, answering a work email, among others. And sign off when you finish. The point is to be smart about using social media and becoming careful poor habits are not your way of life.
4. Don’t be a jerk
When you are around friends and family, resist the urge to check your phone every few seconds. You can take a selfie or two or answer an urgent text but ignoring the person next to you to use your smartphone is rude. Every time you spend time with someone, put your phone away and give them the attention they deserve. People appreciate this, and if you were in their shoes. You will not appreciate it when someone ignores you to use their phones.
5. Take your time while posting
As you post on social media, pause before you share. Instantly tweeting, posting, and sharing everything that comes to your mind is a bad habit. Refrain from sharing private information, unverified news, and inappropriate remarks. The social media space is your brand, and you should turn it into a personal space and have people sharing thoughtful posts with like-minded people and weed out toxic people from your social profiles.
In conclusion, social media habits and routines can build your brand or destroy it. Thus, you need to know how to handle your social media, the time to give it and when to take a break to detox from it. If you feel overwhelmed after you limit and create a routine for your social media. Seek professional help, for it could be an addiction issue.