Curating Your Online Environment.
I, like most people these days, spend a lot of time scrolling through social media (on the train platform, in queues, on boring conference calls etc). Some time ago I started to look at how the content that I was consuming was actually making me feel and came to the conclusion that, actually - it wasn't improving my life in any way and sometimes it was negatively effecting the way that I see myself.
Following this realisation, I had a massive cull of the accounts that I follow - taking it right back to only those people that I knew in person. This was refreshing and got rid of a lot of negativity, but it still didn't drive the environment that I was looking for. I want every part of my life to inspire me to be a better version of me; work, family, home, travel and online, so I started to rebuild my feed ensuring that I carefully curate the content to ensure that anyone in my feed is making me think, making me feel good, inspiring me or making me laugh. I unfollow or hide anyone who brings negativity. If they are people I know, I check back on them when I'm in a frame of mind where I can cope with their low vibe.
This may seem like an insignificant aspect of life to address but actually what it means is that any time that something happens that gets me down or stresses me out and I open my social media, I see a stream of images and captions that encourage me to respond in a positive way. Instead of seeing a barrage of negativity or images of people that make me feel bad about the way that I look I see people who want to encourage me to do better, to be the best version of myself and to hold myself to the highest standards. When you feel like punching someone and you're reminded to take a breath and let your rage move through you. When you're reminded not to settle for something that does not put you in your worth. When you experience a failure and are reminded that failures are not the opposite of success, they're part of it. Incrementally these messages build a more positive mindset and though it may sound exhausting, I'll take it over being made to feel like inferior, negative and 'less than' any day of the week. Try it yourself - if something makes you feel cr*p - stop following it. I know you'll feel better for it.