Following on from yesterday s post, I wanted to write a post about how I use social media in a way that it doesn’t have a negative impact on me.
Of course, everyone is different and I do not currently suffer from any mental health problems – so this is just a little disclaimer that I am not promising to cure anyone anxiety, depression or whatever else might come from social media.
Over the course of the last few years, I’ve naturally changed the way I used social media. Some of this has been subconsciously and it’s only now I sit down to think about it that I realise I may have done this for a reason: to be uplifted and inspired by social media, not dragged down and discouraged.
Here’s how I ensure social media is a fantastic place I want to be:
Who I follow.
I only follow people whose content I want to see. This is probably truer on Instagram and it is on Twitter.
I follow around 250 people on Instagram. Every so often, I may unfollow accounts whose content I don’t connect with for whatever reason. This might have been something like: A couple of years ago I was really into running, I followed loads of running bloggers and never really connected to them on a personal level, but viewing their content still inspired me. Now I don’t run much, the content doesn’t really do anything for me and because I’ve never really spoken to them, I have no reason to carry on following them. That’s not to say their content isn’t great, it’s just not relevant to me. Those that I did form a relationship with, I still follow them because I love to see how they are doing!
Now I follow lots of strong women that can lift heavy stuff. Because I find that motivating. I’ve also recently started following some people that practice calisthenics as I’ve been triyng my hand at that!
What I engage in.
I only engage in positive content. I like to retweet people who are wanting a few new followers to get to the next milestone, I like to comment a massive ‘well done’ on someone who has just hit a new bench PB. I want to make people happy when I engage with their content.
What inspires me.
I follow and engage with things that inspire me. That’s people that are doing bad-ass stuff in the gym, as well as people who are just starting out but you can see they are giving 100% in everything they do.
This means when I go on social media, I’m consuming content that gets me pumped for my next gym session or to bash out a new blog post that will help others.
What I ignore.
I ignore negativity. I was following an account that was outing bloggers for doing bad stuff and in the end, I unfollowed because I realised I didn’t really care if some blogger hasn’t declared an ad properly. Following that account didn’t serve me in anyway and it was a waste of time-consuming that content when I could be consuming something more valuable.