Navigating Social Media Wellness

Samuel Butcher
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Samuel Butcher
Published On
Aug 14, 2020
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Navigating social media wellness is hard, especially with everything happening in our world right now. We’re all facing struggles that we’ve never experienced before. It’s imperative that we take the time to practice proper wellbeing and self-care, and incorporate it into our daily routines. Being more mindful of both our physical and mental needs during these difficult times is extremely important now more than ever before.

As we navigate through the “new normal” with our lives still uprooted, new routines formed, and WFH’s still happening globally, we are forced to look internally and introspectively into our lives combating challenges that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.

Developing stronger wellbeing may help you combat difficult feelings and emotions such as, but not limited to: anxiety, fear, a sense of disruption, irritations with others, feeling stuck, feeling overwhelmed, or restricted.

Let’s get into it!

Man alone looking at nature

1) What You Can Do 

  1. Take downtime – It’s important that you know it’s okay to be tired, and feel more unproductive during the pandemic.
  2. Cultivate joy – Even the little things mean a lot these days!
  3. Redefine your purpose – What’s making you happy, and what’s keeping you up at night?
  4. Practice self-care – Make it happen, daily.
  5. Do what makes you happy!
  6. Virtually lean on your friends and allies.

Other things that may help you could be:

  • Making a daily to-do list
  • Forming a solid daily routine, showering and getting ready for the day in the morning like most usually would
  • Utilizing FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts, over email and instant messaging, o stay in touch with family and friends and get more face-value
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with daily exercise
  • Expanding your knowledge on topics you might not have had time for before COVID-19 or this much time at home

2) What You Shouldn’t Do 

  • Dwell on the past
  • Try to change things out of your control
  • Get stuck in a negative headspace
  • Compare yourself to others
  • Focus on negativity or speak about others negatively

Disconnecting from media

3) How To Disconnect 

Is your screen time too high? Anxiety while you’re not on your phone? It’s time to disconnect. It’s important to take time away from devices each day and focus on the presence and what is around you. Disconnecting means taking time for yourself and ensuring that you don’t get lost in what is going on within the world, don’t get consumed by media and pop culture, and most importantly ensuring yourself that you feel content and aware, without virtual stimuli.

4) How To Move Forward 

As we move forward in life, and the “new normal” with the pandemic, social injustice movements, and world issues happening around us, it’s important to continue to limit your screen time, as well as your children, if that applies to you. Going forward, you can Incorporate meditation, self-reflection, or physical activity to help keep your mind clear and at ease. This will allow you to help remove the “noise” of daily life. Other things you can ensure you pay close attention to is letting go of vanity metrics that live on social media channels, such as Likes, Comments & Engagement, and focusing on positive relationships and channels of communication.

5) Resources 

Many tools are out there that can help you attain greater wellbeing, making you happier and more healthy! Check out some of these resources below.

Instagram Accounts: 

Jeannette Ogden@shutthekaleup 

Hannah Fallis Bronfman@hannahbronfman 

Loni Jane @lonijane 

Goop – @goop

Podcasts: 

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happier-with-gretchen-rubin/id969519520
https://open.spotify.com/show/0rgMTVJ9TWDWsut3R1c5L3

https://open.spotify.com/show/0rgMTVJ9TWDWsut3R1c5L3

10% Happier with Dan Harris

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-percent-happier-with-dan-harris/id1087147821

Apps: 

Calmhttps://www.calm.com/

Headspacehttps://www.headspace.com

Waking Uphttps://wakingup.com

Blogs:

The Blissful Mindhttps://theblissfulmind.com/blog/

MindYourMindhttps://mindyourmind.ca/wellness/self-care-during-covid-19

Do You or Someone You Know Need Immediate Help?

If you’re in Canada:

Contact Crisis Services Canda Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-833-456-4566 or Text 45645

KidsHelpphone 24/7 Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868

If you’d like to learn more about what we can do here at The Influence Agency, feel free to contact us today! Did you find this article helpful? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!


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