Five Hacks for Using Social Media Mindfully

Five Hacks for Using Social Media Mindfully

1. Drop your comparisons and choose inspiring accounts to follow

Everybody has a chapter they don't read out loud. If you're watching Netflix in your trackies, it's unlikely you're gonna post about it! You'd mainly post the "good" stuff. What you see on social media usually depicts the best of others but not necessarily their real self. It could have taken them 30 fails to get that one selfie and you would never know. Those "perfect" abs or skin might come from using filters and apps like Facetune.

Practice noticing when you compare yourself to others or feel "less than”. What do you feel? Self-conscious? Jealous? Unhappy about your life or body?

Now, breathe all that out. Let it GO! You don't need to fall into that trap.

Instead, remind yourself that you're beautiful and PERFECT. Exactly. As. You. Are.

Try unfollowing accounts that when you scroll their feed, you notice yourself comparing and instead, follow people that uplift and inspire you.

Here are a few of my fav's

@bethanyhamilton

@humansofny

@jshealth

@any.body_co

2. Let go of your FOMO and connect (to each other)

If you're with a friend why not practice connecting to them? That post you just checked, or the text you had to respond to, will still be there in an hour. In a waiting room? On the train? Look around you, soak in what's happening. Connect to people and your environment for a few mins before distracting yourself with Facebook. The more you practice being interested and connected in your friendships, the more fulfilling they will become.

Let go of your FOMO and be in the NOW.

3. Create a tech-free time

Caroline's ever present smile seen here after winning Junior Wimbledon

Ok, this one takes a little practice and discipline. My tech-free time is between 9.30pm-10.30pm before I go to sleep and when I'm meditating (twice a day, morn and evening).

Try going to the battery settings on your iPhone/iPad and check your usage.

Now, aim to cut your usage down by 20mins a day.

4. Would you be happy if your Grandma saw this?

Caroline's ever present smile seen here after winning Junior Wimbledon

This one is about posting to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Before you hit "share" ask yourself, how would I feel if my Grandparents saw this post? Would you feel completely comfortable? If so, then share it! If you would feel self-conscious about it, reconsider it.

5. Chill. Real life is not about likes and followers

The amount of likes and followers you have does NOT represent your worth. Your worth is based on the fact that you're a pure and loving human being with beautiful values and heart. It's completely normal to feel anxious when posting (I sometimes feel a little nervous, too) but remember, your account is your little slice of the online world, so if it’s something you like and it feels authentic to you, go for it! And be chill about the results.

With lots love (cos that's way more important than likes)

Sach xx

Caroline's ever present smile seen here after winning Junior Wimbledon
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