First things first. We have a new series on this blog! I started it so you could have a cozy, thought provoking read. Don’t be afraid to comment your opinions or thoughts on the topics, because thoughtful discussions are the aim of this new series!
So before reading any further, grab a cup of chai (or coffee, or tea, or biscuits-anything’s fine with me), find a cozy place and when you’re ready, start reading!
Today’s topic is going to be about social media. This post is going to be divided into two sections, one talking about the positive effects of social media and the other talking about when it’s time to take a break. I decided to write about this because not a lot of people talk about the positive side of social media, and also because I thought that you all need to know when it is time for you to take a break from it all. So let’s go!
Before, I used to see Instagram as a way to flaunt your seemingly perfect life. I saw SnapChat as a waste of time. Now, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong-social media can be pretty toxic and dangerous, but mostly that’s for the people who use it the wrong way. I recently started being pretty active on social media, giving people a sneak peak into my life, and really exploring it, I realised that people have it wrong. Social media is not ALL dangerous and toxic. In fact, blogging and being active on my blog’s socials is one of the things that has kept me sane during these extremely *ahem* weird times.
Every morning, when I do my routine socials check, where I reply to messages, interact with other bloggers and influencers, and post stories, I often end sessions with a huge smile on my face. The love that goes around the community is absolutely overwhelming, and the support is so cherished ( so much cheese, I know). Before I started blogging, I had no idea there was a separate ‘blogging community’ on Instagram. It is so wonderful how I’ve connected with so may other creators and influencers, and formed so many different friendships, that make me feel so good about myself and make me feel loved.
The support system is incredible. Recently I was struggling a bit with exams, and I put up a question asking for coping tips on my Instagram Story. Within the next 15 minutes, I got at least sixteen replies, each giving me different but equally effective tips, and telling me that they had my back. It was so calming, knowing that so many people believed in me.
Social media can also increase self confidence. Some shy, introverted people may not feel comfortable standing up and giving a presentation, but with social media around, you don’t need to! People can express their ideas freely and thoughtfully, without feeling embarrassed about what other people they knew would think. They could communicate so much, without even saying a word.
Using social platforms, you can also connect to a wider audience. One Instagram story maybe viewed by at least or maybe even more than half your followers, and your message is communicated clearly.
When To Take a Break
However many positives there are, social can still be a pretty toxic place. So when you’re scrolling remember to be cautious and mindful, and take smart decisions.
Sometimes social media can be overwhelming, tiring and can take up a lot of energy. You do not ever have to feel guilty about stepping back from your socials to just have some ‘me’ time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and/or burdened, you feel like too many things are going on in your life, scrolling through your socials you are constantly comparing yourself to others, and it has become tiring and an addictive habit, then maybe it is time to step back. Take a one week break from all your socials, and you’ll return feeling super refreshed and less anxious. Always prioritize yourself first.
Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you got something out of this post and managed to look at social media on the positive side as well!
What are your views on this topic? Did social media help you? If so, how? Tell me everything in the comments!
See you next Sunday, and I hope you have a wonderful week!
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