Lindsay Neth, a local therapy clinician, recently moved into private practice and needed fresh marketing materials to help her to grow her clientele.
Then, using Lindsay’s warm and bubbly brand voice, I crafted a blog post to assist current and potential clients in changing their relationship with social media.
“Three Steps to a More Positive Social Media Feed“
When it comes to the impact of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat on our mental health, there’s no shortage of recommendations to change your relationship with your social media feed. From app timers to the Almighty Unfollow, countless experts have shared tips and tricks to curate a more positive social media experience.
As a therapist specializing in anxiety and depression who frequently works with young people, I’ve worked with patients to decrease the emotional intensity of social media. Here are three specific steps that I recommend to my patients, regardless of age:
1) Apply the KonMari method to your feed.
It’s been a few years since Marie Kondo became a household name for her famous decluttering methodology, and yet I’m not sure we’ve truly exercised her KonMari practice in all aspects of our life, including social media.
What would happen if you looked at each person or brand that you followed on Instagram and asked yourself, “Does this person or brand spark joy?” If the answer isn’t a quick and easy “Yes,” take that opportunity to part ways and leave that comparison mindset behind.
2) Use social media’s messaging features to plan face-to-face interactions.
Despite his millennial birth year and tendencies, my brother is not a texter; text messages to him can be left unanswered for days. Instead, he prefers interaction via Snapchat – but not only through the exchange of photos. We chat through Snapchat’s messaging feature more often than we send quick snaps of our dogs’ silly antics. We also use the chat feature to make plans to meet up for dinner, to coordinate our Target runs, and to check in over coffee.
What if you used social media’s messaging platforms as a means to a more fulfilling end – as a planning tool for in-person interactions? This adjustment in the way you approach your time on social media can be a powerful shift towards meaningful relationships – in-person.
3) Experiment with social media-free weekends.
As a busy mama of young kiddos, balancing dance practice and basketball tournaments and church services on my weekends can feel like I work a second (joyful, but stressful) full-time job. One thing that I’ve eliminated from especially busy weekends, or even weeknights where my mental health is a bit more taxed than usual? Social media.
By pausing my scroll for a few days each week, I’ve been able to tune in to the activities – and the people – that bring me joy. And what’s beautiful is this: the world doesn’t stop moving because I’m not there to follow along, and my world doesn’t stop, either. So, if there’s a moment I want to capture in photos, I snap that picture and then set. the. phone. down. I can post that cute snapshot later, when I’m not sitting in a state of overwhelm.
Not sure where to start to reduce your emotional responses to social media? I’m here to help; contact me today to schedule a free consultation.
How have you recalibrated your relationship with social media?
Join me in the comments below for one more bonus tip and learn from others who have taken back their feeds!