3. Seek out online spaces that value “communal contribution.”
We all have different things to bring to the table on social media. What are your strengths? Do you like to cook? Knit? Write poems? Know how to work out at home? Make bomb playlists? What do you want to share with the world? I think it’s a radical time to share things that bring us joy. We need joyous imagery right now!
Watching people use social media to spread love, joy, tips on surviving, to alert for help, and support has been beautiful. It’s helping us educate ourselves, each other, and get organized. It’s reminding us that our humanity is what binds us together. In some ways social media is giving me faith that power can be redistributed to the people. This difficult situation is now making us use this tool as it was initially intended, and that is a glimmer of hope I need to keep waking up in the morning.
4. Carve out quiet time and filter out triggering media.
I would advise that people who have mental health issues, especially ones that revolve around anxiety, fear, and paranoia, [should] try and stay off social media if they can.
With that being said, I also think as a whole I think we do have to be careful about the amount of news we expose ourselves to at the moment. It’s easy to get overwhelmed because it’s a time where our lives feel like they are spinning out of control. I think it would be helpful to dedicate quiet time that is offline. Social media can be a powerful tool to connect and communicate, but it can quickly start exacerbating your anxiety. So we have to be responsible for ourselves and our actions.
5. Don’t get lost in the scroll.
Incorporate a mindfulness practice into your social media use. How often do you get lost in the scroll before you even realize how long you’ve been doing it? Mindfulness techniques can help with that by helping you become more aware of what you’re doing! Otherwise, I tend to delete apps off my phone quite often because I hate feeling like my thumb opens an app on autopilot.
Even if I’m not scrolling, I feel like these apps are just a loud voice in the background. I don’t always want that around, so if I have a lot on my plate or I’m trying to have some quiet time just to be and think for myself, I have no qualms about deleting and redownloading when I have to.
Unfollow or mute people that trigger you or make you feel bad about your life, body, or job; when you’re not in a good place, social media tends to act like a giant trigger. Maybe it’s a tell-tale sign that you should take a break while you figure some stuff out. No need for a big announcement, just try it for a few days and see how you feel.
6. Remember, there are other things you can read on your phone.