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 .

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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.

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