Five Hacks for Using Social Media Mindfully

Five Hacks for Using Social Media Mindfully

1. Drop your comparisons and choose inspiring accounts to follow

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

Everybody has a chapter that they don't read out loud. If you're watching Netflix in your trackies on a bad hair day with a spot on your face, it's unlikely you're gonna post about it. You'd mainly post the "good" stuff.

So, what you see of others on social media usually depicts the best of their life but it's not necessarily real.

It could have taken them 30 fails to get that one selfie and you would never know! And those "perfect" abs and flawless skin might well have come from filters, good lighting, experienced poses and apps such as Facetune or Photoshop.

Practice building awareness by noticing when you compare yourself negatively to others. Then, breathe it all out and let it GO! Replace your negative thoughts with a positive affirmation such as, "I am enough exactly as I am."

Try unfollowing accounts that encourage you to compare yourself and to fill your feed with people that uplift and inspire you instead!

2. Enjoy the moment and connect

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

Statistically, we live in a world where people feel more lonely than any other time in our history and part of this is because we are so connected technologically but so disconnected on a heart level.

If you're with a friend practice connecting and sharing with them. That feed you just scrolled and the text you just checked? It will still be there in an hour. That beautiful sunset? Enjoy it rather than worrying about capturing the perfect snap for your Insta story.

Practice being present and in the "now"

3. Create a tech-free zone

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 also when I'm meditating.

Constantly looking at a screen means our nervous system doesn't really get a break and we never recharge our batteries fully.

One way I like to check how much tech I'm actually using is simply by going to the battery settings on my iPhone and checking my app usage and aim to cut it down by twenty minutes!

4. Would you feel ok 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. Once you post something to the Internet it is there forever, so before you hit "share" ask yourself, "How would I feel if my Grandparents or my Dad or my future boss came across this picture?"

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

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

The amount of likes and followers you have does NOT represent your worth. Your worth is based on the fact that you're a kind hearted, loving and confident person. It's completely normal to feel anxious when you post sometimes and to check how many likes your picture has. But your personal account is your own little slice of the online world, so if it’s something you like and it feels authentic to you, go for it! Just be chill about the results.

With lots love,

Sach xx

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