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Social media has been known to cause frustration, dejection, disappointment, anger and in some extreme cases depression. When you are very active on social media, your entire personality sometimes starts getting defined by the responses you get or more often, by the lack of responses. Social media is a trap really; in which you get enmeshed leading to some of the kinds of mental state as mentioned above. How to get yourself out of this trap is what the author is helping you out with in the following article. Team RetyrSmart
Freeing yourself from the Social Media trap
Here are five steps to modify your behaviour and progress on the path of happiness and peace.
Does social media define you as an individual?
Are you going to allow your talent, skill and competence to be evaluated by all the people in the world? Is it necessary to seek evaluation? Is feedback necessary all the time? Do you really think everyone has time in this world to look beyond their agenda and focus on what you posted or wrote? The truth is that you should do something that makes you happy but don’t expect others to join you in this journey. The less the expectation, greater the contentment.
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Regulate your social media activities
Is it necessary to check social media the first thing in the morning? Think about it! Restrict your social media activities to a few hours in the day. If you can decide to check your social media accounts on certain specific days at certain specific hours, it will help you to wean yourself away from the addiction. Check your WhatsApp accounts and e-mail accounts twice a day. Avoid unnecessary and unwanted disruptions to your work. Switch off the data on your smartphone and deactivate the alarms and instant alert options. If you can’t handle social media, stay away from it! Contrary to what we think, our social media activities eat into our time without our knowledge.
Divert your attention to productive activities
It is easy to succumb to the lure of attracting attention from others and gloat in that feeling of jubilance. But remember that such incidents are rare and tension will follow.
Books are a human being’s best friends. Read at least 30 minutes a day. Read magazines and newspapers that can enrich your knowledge and equip your intellectual faculties to keep you ahead of the competition. Listen to music. Pursue a hobby or passion that you always wanted to do but were
religiously postponing! Start writing or blogging to explore your writing talent and not to gain reward and recognition. Be a volunteer and experience the pleasure of giving back to society.
Meditate every day
Remember that mental health is as important as physical health. So, choose whichever healing technique that you are comfortable with. Rather than staying glued to work, get up every once every hour and take a stroll. Listen to relaxing music to calm your nerves. Meditation helps the mind to focus and deflects our attention away from our irrational thoughts and emotions. It is up to us to leverage the benefits that social media offers.
Do not run behind recognition; let recognition pursue you
Recognition is like a mirage. You run behind it and it ends up making you chase it. Rather than seeking recognition from others, it is better to appreciate yourself and pat yourself on the back. You can then experience the magic called life unfolding in front of you.
Your happiness need not be defined by what others think of your achievements. We have to understand what makes us happy and do those things that enliven us, filling us with radiance and enthusiasm. Enlightenment is a journey and not a destination. Every trial and tribulation in our lives is a learning experience.
In the earlier days when people went for a vacation, photos were captured on the film camera and the roll was given to a studio to develop the print. The pictures were then religiously stacked in an album for posterity. The joy of watching these pictures from time to time was immense. It reminded us of our great experience during our vacation. Our happiness was seldom dependent on likes and comments on those pictures.
It is time to revisit that glorious past. What do you think?