10.09.2018

How I Practice Digital Self-Care

I know, self-care. That term that has been used oh so constantly in the blogging world and just life in general. Before you roll your eyes and close the page why don't you give it a read huh?
I might have been absent on the blog this summer but I was definitely present on social media, Twitter in particular. It's very easy to get triggered/annoyed on Twitter sometimes and after a while, I decided I had to do something to stop myself from getting worked up. Some of the points I'm going to talk about might seem quite obvious but we could all do with a little reminder from time to time, right?

Take A Break
This really is my numero uno. From time to time, take a break from the online world. It can't be good for your sanity to be constantly plugged in all the time. Social media is amazing but at the same time, you get to see everything every time and that can take a toll on your mental health. I don't know if it's just me but sometimes I get tired of the news, think pieces, debates and everything else that we tend to see every day. And sure, you can curate the things you see (will get into that later) but you do not have total control. So, in my opinion, the best thing to do from time to time is to take a break.

This summer, I actually took a one week break from Twitter and Instagram. The FOMO (fear of missing out) was intense, to be honest, but it was also quite peaceful. If you don't see yourself going on such a long break, you could choose a day in the week or even limit the amount of time in the day that you're on social media, for example, only two hours each day.

Mute, Mute, Mute
This is more suited to Instagram and Twitter as those are the social media apps that I use frequently. Honestly, I believe that the mute button is one of the best social media innovations. It's very easy to say "well, just unfollow the person" but sometimes, you can't unfollow certain people because they might be offended, especially people you know and interact with in real life. So what are you to do when you don't like said person's online content? You mute them! They don't know that they're muted and it's a win-win situation.

Sometimes, I also mute particular conversations and words if I don't want to see them. Twitter is like the place for all sorts of 'hot topics' and sometimes, I simply do not want to get 'triggered' so I mute. Honestly muting is so convenient.

Turn Off Retweets
This is particularly for Twitter. There's a feature to turn off someone's retweets so that they do not end up on your timeline and it's certainly come in handy for me in the past.

Avoid The Comments
I know we all like to hate-read things once in a while (or is that just me haha) but nowadays, I try my best to avoid reading the comments or replies under certain posts as I know it'll make me annoyed. A prime example is the commentary after the whole Serena Williams debacle. I decided to not read the comments and tried my best to avoid them because I knew that people would definitely go off on a tangent and use the opportunity to make racist and offensive remarks about her. Best thing I ever did to be honest. That didn't stop that silly cartoon from popping up on my TL though, currently rolling my eyes.

Follow People of Different Shapes and Sizes
This is geared more towards Instagram. The comparison trap as we all know is real and sure, we can talk about how we shouldn't compare ourselves to others on Instagram and stuff but we can also take active steps too. Body image is something a lot of people including myself struggle with and something that has really helped me is following people of all shapes and sizes that I find interesting. If every single girl you follow is thin and tall or petite with dainty features or thick and sexy and you look nothing like them, it's bound to affect your perception of yourself at some point no matter how small. I mean, you're scrolling every day and these are the only pictures you see non-stop? It's not good for you.

So, there you have it guys. These are the ways that I practice digital self-care, I don't know if it's a thing but I'm saying it anyway. Can I just say it feels good to be back on here? I'll talk to you in my next post!
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  1. With all the time we spend online, digital self-care might be one of the most important kinds of self-care! // On muting, I unfollow people on Facebook (still on my Friends list though) and mute people on Twitter. Does Instagram have that feature though?? Because I would certainly use it hahah. Another way I mute notifications is directly on my phone. I don't have the Facebook app, my Messenger and Twitter apps don't send push notifications, and I only allow push notifications for Instagram DMs since I don't get a ton of them anyway :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Ooh I didn't know you could unfollow people on Facebook, I don't use it very often haha. Yes, I believe Instagram has a mute feature as well! Muting notifications is a great idea, during school time I used to do that with my Twitter. Thanks for stopping by Audrey! xx

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  2. Definitely practice number 1 and 2 frequently. The mute button is literally magic. The person literally disappears without you causing any trouble 😂😂

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    1. Asin eh, serious magic. I thank God everyday for it LMAO, thank you Tola <3

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  3. The more time you spend on social media the more the things you see on there can get to you, that's for sure. I'm lucky that I'm not particularly "into" Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and really only scroll through them out of boredom or when I just need a break - I don't obsess over my feed or even care if I see everything that's on there. Being a step back from it all really helps me not feel bothered by it all that much, although of course I may not get as much out of it as some people because I'm not super duper active, but I don't think it adds that much value to my life so I don't put too much of my time into it.

    I didn't even know Insta had a mute function! I've never really used it anywhere except for on Facebook when I realised you could unfollow people from school that I don't care about without actually de-friending them, but I might look into it for Insta because sometimes I feel like my feed is too cluttered, I just haven't done anything about it, lol.

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  4. The comparison trap on Instagram is so real ! To remain grounded and content with myself, I try to remind myself that i'm my own person, and I can be the best version of myself, and not someone else.

    Glad you're back Demss <3<3

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