Social media can be a source of inspiration and collaboration for some, and a nightmare for others. The addictive nature of the platform can be all-consuming when comparing yourself to almost three billion other users, yet the collective power of such a powerful community can also be hugely empowering. Regardless of how you use social media, we think it’s important to follow some steps to help look after your own mental health, as well as that of everyone else online.
The unfollow button is your friend
Whether a feed of ‘perfect’-looking people makes you feel bad about yourself, or you’re sick of seeing people you follow trolling others, once in a while it’s good to have a bit of a clear out of accounts that don’t *spark joy* as Marie Kondo would say. It’s amazing how much better this simple step can make you feel.
Every day, make someone’s day
A lovely way of making social media a more positive space is challenging yourself to make someone’s day with a positive, uplifting comment each day. Whether it’s a simple compliment on Instagram or an encouraging message to a friend going through a hard time on Facebook, you really can make a difference to someone’s day with a kind contribution.
Inspiration rather than comparison
It can be easy to start comparing yourself to a picture perfect life that you see online. Why not try to flip it on its head and be inspired by an image you see? If you’re envious of something from a new Instagram ‘haul’, use this as motivation to work hard and earn that item. This will contribute to a much healthier mindset going forward.
Bite your tongue
Remember that old saying, ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’? Well it applies pretty well to social media. To get the most out of these platforms, it’s important to project positivity into your social media space. This means refraining from posting spiteful comments. If you don’t like someone else’s behaviour, simply ignoring them and unfollowing is miles better than flinging vicious comments around that may come back to haunt you in years to come.
Go on…put your phone down
Do you think anyone gets to the end of their life and wishes they’d spent more time on their phone? No. There’s a time and place for everything, and when you’re surrounded by your loved ones, it’s important to live in the moment and put your phone away. Balance is key when attempting a healthier relationship with tech, so even if it’s just putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’, that’s a great step to spending more quality time with your friends and family.
We’re all about Positive Influence here at Rumpus, and sincerely believe in the positive power of social media. It’s now up to all of us to make sure that its potential for good is realised.