Hey Bookish People,
I wanted to talk about something a little more serious today. Instagram and other social media platforms are an important part of brand building but I think it’s important to say that it shouldn’t come at the cost of your well-being. For a lot of people it is a rough time to be on social media. I know that I’ve been struggling with some recent imagery and news stories and I wanted to talk about how I’m dealing with that.
The first thing I’ve done is to step away from any social media I don’t find crucial. I use Facebook purely for keeping up with friends and family but the prevalence of negative posts has led me to not check it at all. Instagram is also flooded with things that I’m finding hard to view so I’m limiting my time there as well. I post daily, I update my Instagram story, and I will go straight to certain accounts that I like to follow and check what they’re posting but I am allowing myself to spend far less time scrolling.
Being on social media should not come at the cost of your mental health.
I’m not saying that we can avert our eyes from the things that are happening in the world. Far from it. Take action and keep learning how to do better. However, sometimes once that action is taken it’s time to step away and recharge instead of spiraling into despair.
If you need to take a step back right now and deal with your feelings then please do so. Go write, draw, take a walk, read a book, take a bubble bath, go on a run with your music turned all the way up, or whatever healthy distraction you enjoy. Just take care of yourself. Social media will be there when you get back and you’ll be better for it.