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ultimate guide to social media mindfulness
Explaining what social media mindfulness is can be a little tricky.
For starters: social media is an energy exchange, so the fact that we may feel overwhelmed by it makes total sense. Therefore thinking of social media mindfulness as the practice of a very intentional way for us to conduct ourselves in, makes total sense.
Thinking of that, I decided to interview Intuitive Healer, Spiritual Coach and dear friend Gemma Staveley to walk us through social media mindfulness practices that will help you thrive while keeping your cool!
“I think of social media as when you have a family member that doesn’t live with you but comes to visit for a few days: if you spend 24/7 with the person it can turn a bit overwhelming and you’d probably want them to leave!” says Gemma.
“It’s the same thing with social media – you want to be able to dip in and out and take care of yourself first. Check how you are feeling before you go on social media. Can you handle content today? Or are you feeling a bit drained?”
Zen tip: for social media mindfulness to work: it’s important to set boundaries in place. Download a timer app to track your daily social media intake, switch off notifications and set a time of the day in which you’ll dedicate yourself to reply back to messages and engage with others. Or even outsource social media altogether!
What should we be aware of with social media to handle it in a way that won’t affect us?
There’s an energetic exchange that happens through everything that we consume.
According to Gemma: “even if we’re on opposite sides of the world, we’re exchanging energy – take distance healing for example (such as reiki)- we can send or receive energy in the distance because it’s all about that exchange”
And the thing is: It’s the same with your online platforms!
“When we scroll through reels, posts, stories, tiktoks, we’re consuming that people’s energy. SO if we’re following 1000 people – that means you’re exchanging energy with approximately one thousand people, daily” So it’s important that we practice social media mindfulness to make sure that we don’t get our energy sucked out of us.
Zen tip: Clear your digital space!
Doing a social media cleanse every month or so will help you let go of connections that may not be serving you.
So if you feel like somebody’s energy is off: not only you should unfollow them, but remove them from your followers too! This will keep your space open for connecting with soulmate clients – those who you want to engage with instead of people you feel obliged to have a connection with. So get cleanin’!
If you’re prone to get anxiety when planning or even thinking about how to show up on a platform, you should address that.
Anxiety happens when you have a lot of energy coming in but there’s no proper output for it.
Zen tip: movement is key to prevent it – yin yoga, pilates are great to calm your system. But if you feel like you’ve got too much energy that is causing stress or anxiety, a high intensity workout can also help you out.
Staying connected with yourself and with whatever is out there will help you!
Grounding (the practice of connecting with nature) is a great way to get rid of that anxiety: step into your garden and have a moment with Mother Earth! Gemma recommends standing with your shoes off, feeling the sand with your feet at the beach or looking to the sky and being grateful are great social media mindfulness practices.
“Journaling is also a great way to achieve social media mindfulness! Write 5 things you feel grateful for. This will get you into a receiving mode – the more you are grateful for, the more you’ll receive” says the Intuitive Healer.
”Overwhelm and anxiety usually stem from fear – are you afraid to show up? Are you afraid that people don’t want to listen to what you have to say?” according to Gemma.
“Understanding why we are afraid of showing up on screen or why we are afraid of being heard will help you overcome this anxiety.”
“More often than not these fears are linked to past trauma (even past life). It happens a lot with spiritual people: they are usually afraid to speak up because of what’s happened to them in the past – women were burnt at the stake for being witches. We bring this trauma on a cellular level, so we are already afraid to bring our gifts forward”
Zen Tip: Get on those affirmations! Doing mirror work (standing in front of the mirror and repeating affirmations) is excellent to get rid of fear.
Affirmations such as, “I trust the flow and process of life.” “I love and approve of myself” and “I am safe” are great to accept and let go of anxiety in the most loving way. Try it for a few minutes in the morning and if you stick to it you will definitely see change.
We should all aim for social media mindfulness. Especially if you’re an empath!
This makes you more likely to be overwhelmed on social media. But if we connect with yourself and others, if we make sure we put intent into everything we do, it’s easier to tap into whatever anxiety or overwhelm feeling that comes our way, before it affects us.
Putting in energetic practices will make all the difference, even if it’s just for 2 minutes!
Because protecting yourself before you go online and after you come off is what will set boundaries for others’ energies. It’s as simple as meditating before you go online and doing a little yoga after coming off.
Connection and intention: that’s how you’ll succeed!
If you want to get in touch with Gemma for healing, you can reach out to her here.