This past week I have been consumed with politics and everything else going on in the world that it has become nauseating at times. Then you have Facebook that most of us just have to keep up with family because most of our family is not on Twitter (thank goodness lol) and there on Facebook you see your families thoughts on so many things that are just trash and there is that feeling of “headaches”. Instagram I barely use but Twitter has become my favorite thing to engage in and to get updates on everything from fashion to the news. One of my twitter buddies hipped me to something a couple of years ago, she has two Twitter accounts, one for personal and one for her blog/business. It does help because you can disconnect from all the crazy politics tweets and other non business issues while still being on twitter but being productive.
Sometimes I have to put myself on a schedule with social media. No Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter. I turn off all notifications for each app when it is time for a break.
Modern technology certainly has its advantages. We can talk to family & friends on Facebook and get real-time Twitter updates on everything. But having access to all these digital gadgets can also be a bit too much.
Sometimes it’s all about momentum and habit, we find ourselves doing something (both good and bad) for no other reason just to keep doing it. Lately I’ve been scheduling days where I won’t get on Twitter or Facebook at all. Now I know this may sound a bit extreme to some of you, but I also knew that it was the only way that I was going to make this work.
Many of us need that downtime where there is nothing to distract us and nothing for us to do. We need those moments of creative solitude in order to listen to those soft creative voices within. We also need that time to recharge and process all of the input that we already have received.
Once you’ve designated those social media free time periods, be even bolder and take a few days off from social media.
It is not easy at first but I try to stop using the phone and laptop a few hours before bedtime, the light from digital gadgets can interfere with our ability to fall and stay asleep. When it’s finally time for snoozing, keep those gadgets somewhere out of reach so you won’t be tempted to start emailing or online shopping from between the sheets.
Mindfulness -during conversation with a significant other, family, friend or coworker, make a conscious effort to actually pay attention to what he/she is saying, instead of half-listening and half scrolling through Twitter or other social media apps. It’s a way of ensuring that we genuinely get something out of every interaction.
Twitter feeds, Facebook walls, and constant email access can create the illusion that we can keep up with everything going on around us. But efforts to stay on top of international news as well as our family’s schedule can drive us nuts. Instead try to accept that it’s not possible to keep track of absolutely everything happening in the world.
As stressful as modern technology might be, it’s unrealistic to think that we can hide from it forever. Luckily, there are lots of ways to stay sane, even while plugged in, technology doesn’t automatically make us stressed. It’s all about how we handle it. So redesign your desk space, create an email-checking schedule, and know that technology is meant to improve your life not ruin it!