We all know how negative and aggressive the internet can be and I used to find myself just being mad or depressed after going on Facebook or Twitter specifically but I’m sure it can happen on any of them and I got some amazing tips from my health coach for cleaning up my social media to remove that negativity (or at least keep it to a bare minimum) and following some other pages, groups, etc. to make it a safe space for you and I thought I would share some of the tips she gave me and ones that I learned over the years myself.
These can all be applied to pretty much all social media platforms:
- This is the only Facebook specific topic but the very first thing I learned (it shocked both my mother and me that SHE is the one that taught me this trick) is if you are following a friend or family member who shares a lot of stuff from pages or people that trigger you or upset you in someway (politics is a BIG one) but you don’t want to unfollow/unfriend them completely, you can click on the three little dots on the right side of a post and tap hide all from (then whatever the name of the page that specific person shared from) so anytime one of your friends on Facebook shares from that page/group, you won’t see it on your timeline.
- Unfollow any pages/groups/people you find that you find can be toxic to your life. For instance, I left Weight Watchers over a year ago but still followed a lot of Weight Watcher friendly pages or “diet” pages and that wasn’t healthy for my healing to see posts about being “bad” because they had a piece of chocolate or whatever.
- Follow uplifting people and pages that interest you. I will lists some of my favorite groups, and accounts on social media in the next post because that will be long enough to be on it’s own.
- If someone is toxic enough that you are friends with on Facebook, unfriend them. Especially if they aren’t a physical friend or family member. You don’t need that in your life!
- Take breaks and limit the amount of time you spend on social media. (Honestly your phone/computer/tablet in general) TRUST me when I tell you that I NEED to practice what I preach here! It’s SUPER hard to do because these damned apps are designed to get you hooked! But it is really important to get away from technology now and then. To be in the moment, start up a hobby, learn a new craft, get out in nature. Do something that doesn’t involve your phone. Again, NEED NEED NEED to practice what I preach here!
I’m sure there is plenty more you can do on the subject but they all helped me quite a bit. If you have any tips or ideas, please comment, I love getting new ideas and I’d love to add onto this list!