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Stop, Drop, Shut Social Media Down, and Open up a Book or Whatever DMX Said

I get it. There's nothing like tuning out and just endlessly scrolling on your couch after a long day. But if you're like me and social media is your primary job or at least a big part of it, it can be so draining to do nothing but take in even more content during your downtime. I too, enjoy going on TikTok to hehe and haha, but a lot of the time I end up boohooing and sob sobbing for other creators, as well as myself.

I find that the more time I spend on social media, the more I battle with imposter syndrome and question whether or not social media marketing and management is actually what I should do. I am more than qualified and have loads of experience and success stories. But I am not nearly as aesthetic. I'm a mom to a rambunctious toddler and have a crazy coffee addiction along with the chaos the military hands our family to deal with. Think Adam Sandler surrounded by a million dinosaur toys. That's me! So I came to a HUGE realization amid a doom scroll session:

Social media boundaries need to happen to prioritize my mental health. And you need them too.

Those platforms we all love can sometimes be a bit too much. Here are three solid reasons why dialing it back a bit can seriously improve your mental game and stop the self-doubt from creeping in:

  1. Dodging the Digital Overload: Ever feel like your brain's about to explode from too much screen time? Yeah, we've all been there. Social media bombards us with a ton of info, memes, and "3 ways I made 10K this month". It's like trying to sip from a fire hose—overwhelming, to say the least. By setting boundaries—like giving yourself a time limit or taking breaks—you'll give your brain a chance to breathe and prevent digital burnout. Trust me, your sanity will thank you.

  2. Getting Real with Connections: Social media is great for keeping in touch, but sometimes it feels a bit...fake, you know? (Kinda like those engagement pods, but I digress). It's easy to get caught up in the likes and comments and forget what real connections feel like. But life's too short for surface-level stuff! By dialing back on social media and making time for face-to-face chats (remember those?), you'll nurture genuine relationships that go beyond the screen. Plus, you'll dodge the comparison trap and embrace your unique self. Who needs Insta-perfection when you've got real connections?

  3. Embracing Chill Time: Imagine instead of mindlessly scrolling through your feed, you're chilling out and doing something you love. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? Social media can be a major time suck, stealing moments of self-care from us. By setting boundaries and making time for things like meditation, walks, or zoning out into a good book, you'll reclaim your time and feed your soul. PLUS the best content ideas often stem during the periods when you aren't consuming other content. Goodbye, digital distractions—hello, inner peace!

Don't get me wrong, staying in the know of what's trending can be important. But I've always been a firm believer that your mental health matters more than the endless search for Drake's video leak (mhmm I know you searched for it. Don't lie). Take a break. Tune into your reality. Maybe UMG and TikTok will have reached a deal when you come back.


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