What is your definition of leisure?
Are you happy with how you’re spending your time?
Take some time to decide how you’d like to spend your time and what kind of content you’d like to consume.
Do you want to read about what is trending or what you truly enjoy and find helpful?
Consume the kind of content that is good for your overall well-being.
Find it and give your screen time to just that.
Do not consume whatever is served. The algorithm is wired that way. People get paid to get you hooked to useless stuff.
Having a sense of awareness of what is happening around you and to you will help you stay calm and energized throughout the day.
Spending time watching or reading stuff that contributes to your growth gives you a sense of accomplishment. And spending time doing things that fuel your passion will boost those happy hormones.
By making such small changes, at the end of the day you will feel mentally relaxed, not agitated and restless.
You are exposed to a wide range of content and not everything has a positive impact on your mind. It is time we understand that in order to have a positive experience on social platforms, we need to take responsibility for what we expose ourselves to.
It might seem stupid. You might think that the algorithm is designed that way and there’s nothing you can do about it. You might even convince yourself that it is not a big deal. But trust me, it is.
You spend at least 4-5 hours of your day on social platforms. It is a BIG deal. And it is something to be mindful of.
This doesn’t mean we blame the algorithm. We need to understand that we are shown what we watch often.
Consciously make an effort to find content that brings you peace and offers you long term benefits. Try to keep yourself away from content that stresses you out, entertains you but also drains you out.
I write this because at some point in your life you pause, look back and grieve a little about the lost time. As relieving and intoxicating as these sources of entertainment are, they aren’t so good for your mental health (unless you choose to mould them to be).
So, what can you do to change this?
Here are some simple tricks I’ve learned over the years,
- Turn off notifications – You got the power, not your phone.
- Check the time before you log in to an app – Make this a habit. This will help you keep track of how much time you spend on social media.
- Unfollow/Mute – I cannot stress on this enough. I bet you have some connections that just won’t shut up about their lives. You can’t help but see them everywhere. While it is their choice to post, it is your choice to see. Unfollow if that kind of content is having a negative impact on you and just mute their profile if it doesn’t bother you that much but also isn’t something of your interest.
- Filter out content and clean up your feed – If you’ve mindlessly followed some popular accounts and your news feed looks like an expensive magazine with nothing but useless content on the inside, please pause and filter them out. Get rid of that clutter.
- Follow accounts that are related to your hobbies and interests – ah, the changing feed. It is a beautiful feeling. Imagine being exposed to stuff that you’re really into. The kind of art that makes you think. Those cute animal videos that make you smile. Those awe-inspiring clips of cosmos and mysteries of nature. Imagine, and react.
Let me know if you’d like to read more on this, I shall post an extended version of this post.
I hope this inspires you to make a change. I hope this helps you enhance your experience online.
Thank you for reading
Love and light,
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