Today I want to talk about how I’m trying to use social media and technology in a positive way. Social media has been getting a bad wrap recently and as much as I could write a post on ‘why social media stresses me out’ or along similar lines, I’m choosing to focus on the positive aspects of it. I think one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself in this digital age is to know when to take time away from it and do other things that make you happy.
You might be stuck in front of a computer screen for your job (like I am) so it can be difficult to step away completely. However I would find myself getting home and then also spending another few hours glued to either my phone or laptop. Sometimes it would be productive blog-related stuff, other times it would just be endless scrolling through Instagram. The latter not being great for the mindset!
Moreover, as sad as this might sound, it had been a long time since I just let myself watch TV in the evenings because I thought it was a waste of my time when I could be doing something more useful. However sometimes you just need a good dose of trashy – or educational if that’s your kind of thing – TV to switch your brain off for a while.
We’re constantly bombarded with information on social media and it makes television look pretty tame in comparison. Even YouTube can feel a bit like ‘work’ for me sometimes as I work in social media. So I’ve been indulging in a bit of TV time during the week and re-activated my Netflix subscription. I’m going to list a few of my favourite shows below in case you’re looking for something new to watch or re-watch! My current TV is very modest but maybe one day I’ll be able to treat myself to something more high-tech like the Panasonic 4K TV Range. Who doesn’t want Chuck Bass in Ultra HD?
MY FAVOURITE FEEL GOOD TV SHOWS
The Mindy Project
Sex and the City
As well as watching TV, if you want to do something more ‘productive’ then you could organise your make up collection/wardrobe, meditate, write in a journal, paint your nails or read a book (I recently read Bloom). Then when you go back to social media you can document what you did during your time off of it 😉
If anything taking time off of social media makes me see it in a different way and appreciate the positive aspects of it. I’ve made friends on the internet that I probably never would have never met in real life. It allows me to be creative and show a part of my personality to you all. But it’s not just about the numbers, it’s how it makes you feel. If it stops feeling fun then it’s an indicator you need to take some time out. I’ve started setting myself a timer in the evenings to scroll and then I my phone on airplane mode after that which as someone who is surgically attached to their phone is quite an achievement. Even though those Whatsapp messages might take me a while to reply to now!
So tell me, how do you like to switch off from social media?