Goshhhh, am I the only one who has this love/hate relationship with technology and social media? I’m so grateful to have a platform to share my journey with y’all and a place to connect. Some of my dearest friends have been made and/or kept close through social media. I’m amazed by how far technology has come. Still, there are days when I want to throw my phone off a bridge and live life tech-free for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in this cycle of comparison, not feeling adequate, etc. And for me, the pressure to “keep up” on social media is, at times, pretty heavy. Recently, I’ve found that setting healthy boundaries in this area is super helpful (and necessary) in keeping myself connected, but more importantly, sane.
For anybody who feels me, here is how I keep my head above social media water, and how you can, too—
GO FOR A WALK AND LEAVE YOUR PHONE AT HOME
Stroll through the park. Re-connect with nature. Don’t worry about how long you’ve been walking, how many Instagram notifications you may miss, or when the last time you updated your Facebook status was. Just take some deep breaths and soak in your surroundings— the sounds and smells, the breeze on your skin, sunshine on your shoulders. Nature has such healing and inspirational qualities that we often times overlook while trying to catch that perfectly pretty picture of a tree or flower. Do yourself the favor— take it all in!
DO THINGS FOR YOURSELF BEFORE YOUR CHANNEL
Don’t “do it for the gram.” Whatever “it” may be, do it for your damn self! Nobody says you can’t then share your experience with your online community after the fact, but try fully LIVING in it, first. If we’re only doing things for the gram, we’re distracted. We’re less likely to really enjoy and remember how we felt in the moment. So, prioritize your real life over the “highlight reel.” Because at the end of the day, Instagram will fade away, but real life will not.
IF YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WORK, SET LIMITS
There is so much opportunity nowadays to make a full-time career based on social media, and I think that’s awesome! It’s cool being part of a generation that has made such giant leaps both on and offline. HOWEVER, if you are making a living off social media, fill your free time with things that don’t involve your phone! Try sticking to a strict working schedule, and then fill the rest of your days with hobbies that get you out in real life. Get active, get creative, get out in nature, spend time with friends, pull yourself out of that social media realm.
Ahhhh, millennials. We’ve got the world at our fingertips, literally. But while we scroll and post, we can’t forget about the world that’s directly around us. There is so much happening, and so much we’re missing out on when our eyes are glued to our phones. Think about it— when’s the last time you had a genuine conversation with somebody, filled with eye contact, laughter, feeeeeling? There’s nothing quite like it! So take some time each day to set your phone aside and connect with people in real life. Connect with nature. Re-connect with yourself.
Sending all love,
Kimber is a fellow soul searcher, yoga teacher and almond butter addict. She invites you along her own, ever-evolving journey to wellness in hopes of inspiring others to weave a path towards their most happy and mindful lives! www.wildflowerways.co @hellokimberlee