It’s 2015, social media is more prevalent than ever and it seems as though it will only continue to grow! So many jobs these days are based around social media and chances are if your job doesn’t involve apps like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you’re on them anyway…because hello…FOMO.
I think we have all reached a point where we just feel utterly overwhelmed by the constant “bings” and vibrations coming from our mobile devices. Whenever I get frustrated with social media I usually just shut down my phone for an hour or so which isn’t a bad idea, but as the owner and operator of an online shop sometimes it’s just not practical.
Here are a few tips I have recently found beneficial to help avoid feeling overwhelmed by my social media in the first place.
Designate a time
This is easier said than done especially if your job requires posting and engaging on social media, but even so I have found this to be helpful. Morning, noon, and night (for me it’s right before bed even though I know you’re not supposed to look at your phone right before you try to fall asleep…guilty) are the times I commit to either posting on social or catching up on what I may have missed. Knowing that I have a specific time blocked off to scroll through my feeds makes me less anxious and lowers my fear of missing out (FOMO).
Yoga or mediation
This is particularly helpful for a quick fix or when I’m in the moment of frustration. Whether it be a pesky email or a negative comment on an Instagram post, completely stepping away before acting on your frustration is the best thing to do. Yoga is my favorite way to quickly escape technology (although I use a form of technology for my daily yoga…oops)! I love the Yoga Studio app for my iPad. It’s so easy to just instantly begin a session that can range anywhere from 10-30 minutes and get away from my phone or computer. It even has a session for mediation which mostly just consists of calming music and deep breathing.
I’ve saved the best for last! Scheduling out my social media posts has been a life-saver! Once you get a feel for what times your social media posts receive the most attention you can start scheduling them out in advance. I religiously rely on scheduling my blog and business’s Facebook posts for 8am and around 7:30pm most days. With Twitter it is best to tweet a few times a day which can be easy to forget during a busy day! Here is how you can go about scheduling a tweet. I even recently discovered a way to schedule out my Instagram posts in advance (called Latergram), but have yet to test this one out.
Friends, social media is always going to be an important aspect of our lives. It is amazing how it can hold together relationships that may have otherwise dwindled and help reach customers and clients we would have never been able to reach in the real world! With that being said, it’s important to remember that social media is only an aspect of our life and not our entire life. When we walk away, shut down, or manipulate our social media usage our lives will feel simpler and less chaotic. I think we can all get on board with that!