3 Healthy Social Media Habits to Start Right Now

How much time per day do you spend on social media? If you asked me, I would tell you that I have no idea, I just know that it’s way too much. If I had to guess, you’re probably guilty of this too. 

As damaging as social media can be, I still don’t think it deserves such a bad rep. The issue isn’t really with social media, but rather, the role we let social media play in our lives, which comes down to how we choose to use it. If we use social media responsibly, I believe that our relationship with it will be much healthier.

The following 3 social media habits are things I do or have done to help social media become a more positive experience for me. Of course, they won’t take away all of the problems with social media, but they still have the power to massively shift the role that social media platforms play in your life. 

One word: Unfollow

I’ve never been one to follow models on Instagram simply because I don’t like the way that their posts made me feel. It’s nothing personal, I just didn’t feel inspired or empowered by what they were posting, so I simply didn’t follow them in the first place, or unfollowed. No shade, but you probably won’t miss much by pressing that unfollow button. You’re much better off following accounts that inspire you to be better and do better. I’ve never been one to follow models on Instagram simply because I don’t like the way that their posts made me feel. It’s nothing personal, I just didn’t feel inspired or empowered by what they were posting, so I simply didn’t follow them in the first place, or unfollowed. No shade, but you probably won’t miss much by pressing that unfollow button. You’re much better off following accounts that inspire you to be better and do better.

Take advantage of the “mute” button

I’ll admit that I feel a little bad doing this, but sometimes it just has to be done. This is mostly done in situations where you feel uncomfortable unfollowing or unfriending someone, but you really don’t like seeing their posts. Essentially, this is for the angry family member or friend who just won’t stop sharing their unwelcomed (& usually, uneducated) political opinions, do you feel me? You’d be amazed how much more of a pleasant experience social media is when you don’t have to constantly see posts that frustrate you. 

Follow people who inspire you

This seems so simple, but how many of us are actually feeling inspired when we scroll through our social media feeds? When I started following people who inspire me, the whole social media game changed for me. I never considered social media to be productive until I started learning through my feed. Whether it was body positivity, spirituality, or art, I unintentionally started learning how to improve myself. Here are some of my favorite, inspiring gals that I follow on Instagram:

 

Jenna Kutcherhttps://www.instagram.com/jennakutcher/

Ashley Lemieux https://www.instagram.com/ashleyklemieux/

Morgan Harper Nichols https://www.instagram.com/morganharpernichols/

Mari Andrew https://www.instagram.com/bymariandrew/

Tori Press https://www.instagram.com/revelatori/

Lisa Olivera https://www.instagram.com/lisaoliveratherapy/

 

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