Social Media Survival
With the advent of so many things to make our lives better, we look into the downside, and what you can do to stop its negative effects .
Entrepreneurs especially will know how hard it is to switch off, brain going at a hundred miles an hour, constantly. Even more so when you are excited about something, or have a new project you are desperate to perfect. It’s simply that the entrepreneur brain seems to be wired that way.
It is amazing to have such a productive outlook and mindset… most of the time. But what about when you just need to relax? Too much excitement, too much connectivity, too much achievement isn’t good for your body, leading to, shock horror, a lack of excitement, connectivity and achievement.
Too much connection?
Social media has a lot to answer for. We are more connected, more informed than ever before, but there is a downside. We have to learn to say no to an huge volume of content, offers and time/energy/resource-stealing content, in our personal and professional lives.
This means a lot of self-control. It is an epidemic of people taking their phone to bed, waking up to their phone, idolising their little tech buddy. Sometimes, at the cost of our family and friends.
There is a cost even greater than this. A cost to our inner peace, to our being able to connect to ourselves and understand what we need.
What can you do?
Set boundaries and learn to take care of yourself. When you have a break from work, actually have one! This might mean not checking social networks. Learn how to be in tune with yourself and what you need. It simply takes a moment of stillness and you'll learn a lot. Mindfulness is so successful because it allows our bodies a chance to let us know what they need.
Think about it another way. You wouldn’t neglect an important relationship with a spouse or best friend, you wouldn’t let it go months without even bothering to say ‘hey, how are you going?’. So why should the relationship you have with yourself be any different? One of the most famous quotes about our relationship with others even includes detailed instructions about how we need to love ourselves.
Love your neighbour, as you LOVE YOURSELF
First we need to have a healthy relationship with ourselves before we can even consider a healthy relationship with anyone else.