How I cope with social media as someone who is always on it, but has boundaries

A series in: I am no expert, but here’s what I know.

As someone who constantly engages with social media, for personal or work, there’s been a great deal of distance I’ve held to it. But I’ve had to learn a hard dose of boundaries in order to see how I can coexist with it, instead of let it take over my life.

My takeaways:

  • Post it and leave it. Do what you need to do, then go away and live your life.
  • Don’t scroll. Look at a few things, then turn off to self-regulate. Constantly scrolling can be very anxiety-inducing, so why keep scratching the itch?
  • Have a good mindset. Use it for work, for pleasure, to connect? See it as that. Once you see yourself comparing, loathing yourself, or feeling bad, it’s time to rework that.
  • Curate your environment i.e. feed. I strongly believe that “you are what you eat,” including what media we consume. If your feed is constantly making you feel bad, curate it to posts and feed and people that inspire or make you feel good.
  • It’s just social media. Don’t take it so seriously. Half of what we post are what people want us to see. The other half is… people feeling triggered, calling for attention, promoting a brand, or all that other nasty stuff.

Take everything with a grain of salt. But above all, keep it fun. Social media is just media. It can be so pointless, but it can also be so powerful at connecting and sharing.

At end of the day, use it for your own good.

Hope y’all are doing well.

With love and honesty,

Rachel

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