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Be Conscious of the Kind of Content you Consume on Social Media

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,

  1. Turn off notifications – You got the power, not your phone.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

Stay safe!

Thank you for reading

Love and light,

The Unfathomed

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Fading beauty of Art – Hunger for exposure & validation

Quit List #1

Art laced with ego and crushed under the weight of expectations is equal to a beautiful breathing thing caged in an extravagantly decorated coffin. In the quest of impressing all that’s outside you, do not doubt and ruin what resides inside you.

Let this piece be a reminder that you are going to die with the art you nurtured throughout life, not with the attention you acquired showing it off.

Some days you write things that garner a large amount of appreciation as it resonates with the audience; changes someone’s perspective on something, makes someone’s day a little better or someone’s mind a little calmer. And then, on some days, without you even realizing, you write things just for yourself; things that make YOU feel better and have the potential to make YOUR day better. These might not bring you applause but they do bring you peace.

There’s no comparison between the two for they are both real and beautiful.

I majorly write for myself and that’s one thing I would never want to change. There are no second thoughts or inhibitions and it’s only fair to be selfish because this is the only place where I am truly in sync with myself.

We spend enough parts of our lives caring about others and making opinions, feelings, and needs of others a priority. So why is it so hard to understand we all deserve a place where we can be ourselves; a place where we can truly and unabashedly be ourselves.

If you are someone who writes, let your pages be that place. Let the notepad on your desktop, the beautiful diary on your nightstand, torn pages from an old notebook, the back of your hand, any and every place you spill words on, be the place you are ruthlessly yourself. Feel things, let them out and forget the rest. Nothing good ever comes from worrying about the outcome; especially when art is involved.

Quit measuring your worth based on ranking, likes, hits or any other form of a virtual response. It’s such an insult to the talent and creativity you possess and the beauty you have to offer. Those responses bring money and pay our bills, I understand that. And there’s nothing actually wrong with it as long as you don’t see it as a goal you need to achieve and constantly keep up with.

It drains you.

So, what is it that you should do instead of obsessing over the modern creativity measuring methods? You should just let go & keep doing your own thing.

I’ll tell you how that worked for me — I absolutely love reading about writers from history.

Do you know why?

Because during those times, there were writers and artists who published their works anonymously and never claimed rights over it. It’s fascinating to know that they did it merely with an intention of putting their work out there and sharing it with the world. Often, that’s exactly how I feel and that feeling is what pushes me to write. Reading about these people has given me assurance that not marketing my work or being hungry for appreciation like several others online doesn’t make me abnormal or unambitious; it only makes me a little different. After finishing a piece, I feel the need to share it with others because I want to set it free, not because I want it to bring something back to me.

I don’t want to be widely known for the things I write, I only want to be dearly loved and fondly remembered.

Alas, the intention behind writing this is to tell everyone that it’s not just okay and normal but powerful even, to not care about the outcome and just feel good about the process. I urge you all to find that little place for yourself where you can indulge in the beauty of your craft fearlessly. Find it and make it your own, exercise full command over it and do not let the world meddle with it.

Love & light,

Nandini

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