In the past, my anxiety and depressive symptoms correlated with high social media use. So I’ve had to figure out how to balance growing a business without compromising my wellbeing. Today I’m sharing some information and favorite tips.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
- More time on social media is correlated with lower life satisfaction.
- People are influenced by the positivity and negativity in Facebook posts.
- 50% of teens say they are addicted to their cell phone.
- Those who spent more time on social media had 2.2x the risk of reporting eating & body image concerns. Those who spent the MOST time on social media had 2.6x the risk.
- The more time on social media, the more likely young adults were to have problems sleeping & report symptoms of depression.
Look, social media isn’t all bad, just like sugar ain’t all bad. But finding a healthy relationship with these devices is a must in the 21st century.
BECOMING #MISSINDEPENDENT OF THAT CLINGY BISH
STEP 1: What’s measured can be managed
iPhone = Utilize “Screen Time” under Settings swipe
Android = Download @realizd_app
STEP 2 : Beat monkey brain with strategy
- Set a daily usage goal
- Stop multitasking = It’s TV or phone, pick one
- Time blocking with “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane Mode." Schedule it and take advantage of walks/training to go screen-free.
- Turn off notifications. If you’re not controlling what enters your realm, it’s controlling you.
- Make a home for your phone OUTSIDE the bedroom. YO I’M NOT MESSIN’ ABOUT WITH THIS ONE GET IT TF OUT, mwah.
- Fasting. Start by unplugging 1 day per week.
- Regularly prune your follows and newsfeed - accounts that bring you joy/growth should make the cut.
In a world that is constantly screaming for my limited attention, contribution and precious energy, I have to fight for my boundaries, but it’s worth it.