Remember: it’s not all entirely true
“Someone’s social media profile is effectively their ‘edited showreel’,” says Jodie Cook, social media specialist. “Images are edited and updates are positive and generally depict success, happiness, and milestones and rarely focus on anything else.” If you’re not careful, you might be fooled into thinking that everyone is having a better, happier, more prosperous time than you, whether it’s true or not. According to Cook, if social media updates make you feel inferior, beg off social media, but also remind yourself what you see is quite often a distorted and heavily edited “reality.” These are the photos you should never post on social media.
Use an alarm clock—a real one
If you use your mobile phone as your alarm clock, it’s time to invest in an actual alarm clock. That way, as soon as your phone alarm goes off, you won’t jump up, grab your phone, and immediately log into Facebook or Instagram. Think about the precious minutes of sleep you lose by doing so anyway! Do you want to start your day with updates from friends that make you—even inadvertently—feel unhappy? Probably not. Wake up with an actual alarm clock, stretch, take a leisurely shower, feed the dog, get dressed, really enjoy that morning up of coffee, before you check your phone. You’ll be amazed at how much happier you are, and how many more tasks you’ll complete in the a.m., when you’re not scrolling through social media before the sun rises.
Respond off-line and disable your notifications
Use social media only if you really, really need to—to check the spelling of one’s name, for example, or look up the name of a restaurant someone recently raved about. The less frequently you log into social media because you’re bored, then the more you’ll get accomplished and (hopefully!) the happier you’ll feel. If it’s someone’s birthday, wish them a “Happy Birthday” via text message or email, or better yet, call them. Or, adjust your phone’s settings, and remove certain apps, like Facebook messenger, so you don’t receive constant notifications on your phone every time there’s social media activity. That way, you’re less prone to mindlessly scrolling through social media and getting caught up in drama and unimportant affairs. While you’re at it; at work, put your cell phone in a bag or briefcase, then into your desk drawer, so you can focus on the job at hand, and be a better, more productive employee. Next, check out the things that could happen if you quit social media.