Friday, March 23, 2018

9 Social Media Self-Care Tips?


Is social media stressing you out? Here are 9 self-care tips..



How many hours do you spend on social media per day?

Studies suggest that globally the average amount of time people spend online is two hours. This obviously increases in countries like the U.S. and across different age groups. So, if you're in your mid-twenties or mid-thirties living in an urban, metropolitan area, you can safely multiply that stat by two.

For some of us, that number may seem high. For others, it may feel low. But no matter how anyone spins it, we spend a whole lot of time communicating with our thumbs these days—and the sheer amount of information we come across is vast.

As humans, we're still figuring out how to compute all of this data. Yes, we are more informed than ever, but we're also more anxious, less trusting and addicted to the 24/7 news cycle. It's also difficult to disconnect, even when being online feels unhealthy, because there are so many benefits. It's an opportunity for us to communicate, a place to share ideas and a platform for creatives and business owners to talk about their work.



So, how can we successfully manage our social media, while staying creative and sane? Well, I've got a few tips..

1. Abandon the false narrative that consuming media = staying informed.

You are an artist, a business owner, a mom, a creative—whatever the case may be—before you are a media consumer. Constantly checking your phone, reading the paper and refreshing your feeds makes you a media addict.

Reading books, having conversations, checking in on local news regularly and having broad interests (among other things) makes you well-informed.

So, invest in your own education with intention and discipline. It will likely limit your anxiety and simultaneously benefit your work.



2. When you're overwhelmed by your timeline or frustrated with your own social media presence, take a breather. It all comes down to communication.

Social media can sometimes feel like a numbers game, but at the end of the day it's a tool we use to communicate. There will be times that your message fails, there will be times that you are misunderstood, and there will be times in which you don't understand others. This is a normal part of communication for our species.

Do not be discouraged when these things happen to you. Do not take social media validation as a sign of your value, worth or contribution to society. This quote from a piece by Cami Ostman, M.S. on Psychology Today puts it best: "How you respond to being misunderstood will be the difference between spending a good deal of time trying to correct other people's misperceptions or being free to carry on with your life no matter what others think of you."



3. You are not required to participate in the hip movement of the moment.

Everyone dishing their opinion on the latest installation at your local museum? Cool. Everyone upset about the latest political scandal? Cool. Everyone sharing the same viral video? Cool. That does not mean you have to. You reserve the right to sit certain trends out, especially when you're operating an account that conflates with your business, work and/or creative endeavors. Studies also show that posting too often can be a negative thing.

4. Unfollow accounts that don't bring you joy.

This should go without saying, but sometimes we just need permission: Whether it's a friend, a brand's account or a news outlet, it's OK to unfollow. Although you shouldn't tune out everything (studies show we need negativity), feel free to guiltlessly take breaks from things that only bring anxiety and worry.



5. No one will miss you if you go offline for a few days, and that's a good thing.

Taking a cold-turkey break from the online world can be refreshing. I'm pretty active online (even manage client accounts for business purposes), but I regularly turn my phone off and step away from my accounts for at least a few days every other month. Utilize scheduling tools so your feed stays fresh even if you're away or simply cease posting altogether during times of intensity or national disaster. Even PR experts say that "going dark" can be a good thing.

6. Recognize when you're addicted.

Addiction to anything can hold us back — and addiction to social media is no different. If you feel that you spend too much time online, you probably do. So, confront your bad media habits. Don't open your social media apps, just because you're bored. Utilize online apps that turn social media off during the work day. Set boundaries and time limits on your social media use. Breaking addictive cycles is difficult, but a little discipline goes a long way.



7. Repeat after me: You do not have to be everything to everyone everywhere.

In today's hyper-digital world, there are plenty of social media platforms to join and a million ways to communicate online.

You do not have to be present and active on every single one of them. In truth, trying to do everything at once is likely a waste of your time.

I touched on this in a previous post about burning out for Planoly: Social media should be part of your plan, not all of your plan. "Leverage your content and identify where you get the most traction.



Is your organization or art centered on throwing events / performances? Focus your energy on Facebook.

Are you trying to connect with brands and businesses? Focus your energy on Instagram. Are you trying to gain clients in design? Head to Behance. (Again, you do not have to be everything to everyone everywhere.)"

8. Prioritize your creative output.

Generating new and creative ideas often requires psychological distance, i.e. the ability to think abstractly and about the bigger picture. If you're constantly consuming information, without taking time to process or analyze, you'll likely spiral into confusion and disorientation. By giving yourself the space to create, you may need to limit the amount of input you receive. Remind yourself that this is normal and feel comfortable turning sources of inspiration off.



9. Remember that social media is a tool— it's supposed to work for you, not against you.

We create technology to make things easier. It's supposed to help us reach our goals and accomplish our objectives. If you consistently fail to derive personal and/or professional benefit from social media, pick up a new set of tools.

Guest Authored By Jane Claire Hervey. Jane is a creative producer, activist, entrepreneur, writer and performance artist. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas. After earning her Bachelor's of Science in Journalism and pursuing a career in freelance writing and startup management, she began searching for creative resources and a space to ask professional questions. she hosted her first #bossbabesATX meet in 2015, hoping to foster community and connection between self-identified women in Austin, Texas. Jane now runs the nonprofit and its festival, BABES FEST, while managing her own production studio, Group Work. As an intersectional feminist, her personal and professional life are dedicated to improving community infrastructure, retooling systems of collaboration and changing cultural economies to create equal opportunity for women and girls. Follow Jane on Twitter.





"As humans, we're still figuring out how to compute all of this data.


It's also difficult to disconnect, even when being online feels unhealthy, because there are so many benefits.." -JaneClaireHervey


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      Fred Hansen Pied Piper of Social Media Marketing at GetMoreHere.com & CEO of Millennium 7 Publishing Co. in Loveland, Colorado. I work deep in the trenches of social media strategy, community management and trends.  My interests include; online business educator, social media marketing, new marketing technology, skiing, hunting, fishing and The Rolling Stones..-Not necessarily in that order ;)
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