If you’ve been using your extra time at home to de-clutter your cupboards and organise everything has it made you feel better? Living in a tidy environment has been shown to reduce overwhelm and help you maintain a more positive mindset.
So it’s great that we’ve all been de-cluttering and tidying up. I know my house has never been as clean!
But when we tidy up we think about our physical surroundings, but not our minds.
What goes into your brain is crucial to how you think about yourself, your mindset, your motivation and your self talk (whether it is positive or negative).
So we need to make sure you’re just absorbing positive and inspiring things.
Too much negativity will send you into a place of worry, anxiety and doubt, and worse, a place of not believing in yourself or having no motivation.
So it’s important to apply your amazing de-cluttering skills to your mind too.
In this blog post I’m going to share my top tips – they are super quick and easy – on how to de-clutter your social media profiles.
If you do these things you will go from social media being a place of chaos overwhelm and negativity, to it being a place you can go to to keep in touch with your family and friends and see the inspiring and positive things that are happening in the world.
So let’s get started!
I’ve created a social media de-cluttering checklist for you which you can grab for free here >>
- Set out on a mission to remove all negativity / anything triggering from your social media newsfeeds.
How to do this:
- You don’t have to ‘unfriend’ or ‘unfollow’ people who you find negative / triggering. You can ‘unfollow’ them on Facebook so that you stay their friend but you no longer see what they post. They don’t know that you have done this and you can still catch up with what they are positing by going to look at their profile, but at a time that you choose. You can ‘mute’ them on Instagram which has the same effect.
- Think about the kinds of posts that upset you or that have a negative impact on you. Yes you might be interested in that topic, but are the people you are following sharing content in a positive or negative way?
I find posts about animal cruelty really upsetting. I know it happens, but I don’t need to have in randomly pop up in my social media newsfeed unannounced. (I take my own action to try to help the animals by supporting charities and having a vegan diet). So I have made the decision to unfollow or unlike anyone who posts images/videos of animal cruelty and instead I follow people who post about this from a positive point of view. So for example pages who create environmentally friendly/cruelty free/vegan products, who donate part of their profit to help animals and that post pictures of happy animals who are free and living their best lives! Check out @wearelani on Instagram as an example.
Making these kinds of switches means you can still consume content that is important to you, but without the negative impact on your mindset.
- Unfollow (Facebook) and mute (Instagram) any family members who share things that upset you/get you mad/aren’t positive and inspiring. Remember by doing it this way you are still their friend on Facebook and you still follow them on Instagram. It just gives you the power of when to check in with their content, rather than it popping up in your newsfeed unannounced.
2. There will be people you aren’t that interested in anymore that you still follow. Go through your ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ and just unlike or unfollow people/pages that are no longer of interest to you. This works like de-cluttering your house. You’ll feel so much better when you’ve cleared out your social media.
3. Remove annoying ads that aren’t of interest to you. Both Facebook and Instagram will show you ads based on what they think you are interested in (because of other pages you follow or links you have clicked). Doing step 2 will make the ads you see more relevant to you, however you can’t stop them completely. If there is a particularly annoying then you can inform Facebook/Instagram of this and they will stop showing it to you. Simply click the three little dots in the top right of the ad post and click ‘hide ad’ you can then choose why you don’t want to see the ad. You can also find out why you’re seeing the ad by clicking ‘why am I seeing this ad’.
4. Next time something pops up on your timeline that’s not in line with your new positive and inspiring vibes then take action. Unlike or unfollow them, or if you can’t without worrying you will offend someone then unfollow (Facebook) or mute (Instagram) them. Do this consistently and you will be able to keep on top of the social media content you absorb.
5. Have a look at all of the Facebook groups you’re in and see if they are still relevant. Your newsfeed can get filled up with stranger’s posts from Facebook groups. So have a little audit and see if you still need to be in all of these groups. You might have joined them at a point in your life – such as when you were getting married, or when you had a baby, but you might not need to be in them anymore! Be strict with yourself and leave all the groups that no longer serve you.
6. If you’re anything like me then you will find news notifications very distracting too. You’re watching TV or reading a book or playing with your children and you hear the ping of a notification on a news app on your phone. You don’t want to look, but you’re wondering what’s happened and you can’t resist checking. Does it matter if you read that piece of news right then? Probably not. So switch off the notifications and choose certain times of the day when you will look at the news.
This leads me nicely onto the next section…
If you want to take things further
If social media is having a bigger impact on your life than just throwing your head into a negative space now and again then maybe you need to take things a bit further. If your phone is never more than a metre away from you and you can’t even watch an entire episode of your current Netflix show that you’re bingeing without picking up your phone then read on for some ideas to try.
- Choose one day of the week where you put your phone in a drawer and don’t pick it up. You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel by taking a short break.
- Set boundaries. Choose times when you will look at social media and stick to them. If you want to make sure you’re not missing anything then perhaps allow yourself 30 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunchtime and another 30 minutes in the evening. Choose a routine that works best for you and then stick to it for at least a week and note how you feel each day.
- Set a timer on your phone that allows you to look on social media apps for a certain number of minutes per day. Once your time is up your apps will ‘grey out’ so you can’t click onto them on autopilot. (You can click to activate them again, but you have to think about this action). For the iPhone you can find this setting in ‘settings >> screen time >> App limits’ you can also monitor how long you spend on certain apps each day – take a look the results might shock you.
- Put your phone out of your reach. Simple but effective. When you sit down to watch a film or your favourite show then put your phone out of your reach – at the other side of the room or in another room. The same if you’re playing with your children or if you’re having date night. This removes the ability for you to pick up your phone on auto-pilot without thinking as its simply not there!
- Remove apps from your phone that you look on too much. Have an unhealthy obsession with Twitter? Then just delete that app!
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