WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL SOCIAL MEDIA OVERWHELM

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You know those days when you’ve been sat refreshing Twitter and Instagram ALL day, usually without even realising it? Or it could be you’re struggling with something and engaging/interacting with others is something you just purely do not have the energy for at the moment? Heres what I do when it happens to me…

 

TAKE TIME OUT

It’s an obvious one, but the first thing I do is put the bloody phone down. Even better, turn it off. Even if it’s just for the majority of the evening, you need to take a step back. I know when I feel like this I get really bad headaches just from staring at a screen for so long, so maybe try un-winding with a hot bath and enjoying the company of your partner or family for the rest of the day. After some self-care you’ll feel ready to get back online again and see what the Blogosphere is up to.

CURATE YOUR FEED

Now you’ve recovered from the overwhelm but still feeling a little ‘ugh’, you need to start thinking about the people you currently follow. Are they positive influences in your feed or do their pictures trigger something in you? Everyone’s content changes and I don’t think there is anything wrong with unfollowing if you can’t relate to them anymore. If this feels too harsh, you could always send them a kind message explaining where you’re at currently, and that you mean no harm.

Everyone has the control over what THEY want to see. Make sure it’s inspiring, not discouraging.

ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES

The final thing I would advise after feeling social media overwhelm, is to establish boundaries. This can mean choosing a specific time that you allocate only to engaging with others, and then logging off and getting on with the rest of your day. I know that I for one have to be quiet strict with myself sometimes so I don’t fall down the hole again, so I try to not scroll before bed and read a book, and will sometimes leave my phone at home if I’m going out for a few hours so I’m not distracted by it.

At the end of the day I think social media is a luxury for us all, and it should add to our lives and enhance it, not subtract and make us feel bad, tired or drained.

You are in charge.

Do you ever feel social media overwhelm?  

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  • Totally feel overwhelmed with social media, and even more so since I started blogging. It can sometimes feel like I’m forcing myself to post on twitter and engage. It’s a shame we need to be on it so much to promote ourselves but my sanity and non virtual relationships matter most to me. I think it’s always a good idea to leave your phone at home whilst spending quality time with loved ones. xx

    • I totally relate! When your blogging it feels like that world never stops, and you have to stay on top of your ‘game’, but in reality, you can always have a break and people DO stay around xx

  • Such a fab post babe! I feel like a lot of us are feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

    • Aw thanks lovely! My stats have taken a bit of a nosedive this month which is hard not to focus on, but there are more important things I’m dealing with which I’m focusing on Xxx

  • Diana Maria

    You are in charge- that is so true! I always turn my phone off/delete the apps I spend too much time off for a few days and feel so much better when I return. Unfollowing those who you no longer relate to can feel harsh but I think it’s necessary as it has an impact on you if you’re seeing these things daily! This was a lovely post Natalie xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Thank you for reading! It can be hard to switch off but sometimes it’s really needed isn’t it? xx

  • Grey tips Natalie! I especially like the second one. I‘ve started to unfollow people that make me feel bad about myself. Whether it be through beautiful interiors or made up selfies.. some pictures do more harm than they do good as they make you feel like your own life should look like that too. it doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate their work, just that it’s not right for your own happiness.

    Emma
    http://www.limeafterlime.com

    • That’s the best way to look at it isn’t it! We choose our feeds xx

  • Unfollowing accounts that no longer inspire me is something I’ve found to be so useful in terms of dealing with and preventing social media overwhelm! I’m also very selective with who I follow too.

    Sharni | http://www.agirlandgrey.com

    • I feel like I’m starting to be that way too. I really want to focus on seeing positive accounts and people who inspire!!

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are great tips. What i like to do unfollow the people who i don’t find inspiring anymore.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • I’ve had to do that recently and although it can seem harsh, we have to look after ourselves and put us first xx

  • I absolutely love what you said about social media being a luxury and it should enhance our lives, I had honestly never thought of it that way. Love the tips, I definitely try to put my phone down, it helps so much xx

  • Love these tips! Especially curating your feed and unfollowing people that make you feel bad about yourself
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • Amy Eade

    I sometimes feel so guilty when I’m not in the mood to engage with others – like the other person will suddenly think I don’t like them or something, which is ridiculous I know! I definitely think time out is the best way,
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

    • I totally get like this too! I have to try and go online when I feel in the mood to chat, lol

  • Shannon

    It can be so helpful to have a break from social media as it can be so toxic and stressful at times. Great tips! Sometimes you just need a breather every once in a while.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

  • Social media overwhelm is definitely something I struggle with – it can just be too much at times. Great tips, because it is so important to have a bit of time switched off from it. Establishing boundaries is a big one I need to work on! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  • Creating specific time and limiting it to social media sounds perfect. I find this so difficult but I know when I don’t look at my phone before bed I sleep better. I used to put my mobile phone in my drawer when I was revising for accountancy exams so I didn’t get distracted! xxx