Social media is a non negotiable nowadays, but it’s important to protect your mental health from mindless scrolling which causes anxiety, imposter syndrome, body confidence issues and even loneliness in some cases.
The average person scrolls through 300 feet on content per day.
(The same height as the Statue of Liberty to give you some context).
FOMO (fear of missing out) is probably a big reason for this.
Getting positive feedback and notifications also releases dopamine in the brain, which rewards the behavior and makes us want to go on it more.
Here are some things to remember so you can protect your mental health whilst using social media promote your business:
- Curate your feed so it’s full of inspiration, motivation and good vibes. Remember you’re in control of what you see so don’t be afraid to mute or unfollow accounts if you need to.
- No one is posting their failures. Don’t get disheartened/start comparing your situation to others. We’re all on our own journey and you might not know the full story.
- It’s OK to take time off if you need to. Your followers will still be there when you get back!
- Don’t sacrifice real life connection for social media.
On the practical side you can:
- Turn off notifications so your phone’s not pinging all of the time.
- If you want to go a step further, delete the apps off your phone.
- Set your out of office and autoresponders
- Just like you would on your emails, you can set an out of office/auto response on your social media accounts so you don’t get the urge to respond out of hours.
- Set times and time limits so you’re not endlessly scrolling all day.
- Plan & batch create a few posts at a time when you’re in flow. This will help you relax and actually enjoy your downtime without thinking about what to post all the time.
I know it’s easy to scroll through your social media accounts when you’re bored, but it’s important to set boundaries to protect your mental health too.
I hope you found this useful. Feel free to share or get in touch if you need help with anything.