How to Keep Sane in a Social Media-Driven World


I live and breathe social media. From the moment I wake up to the moment I fall asleep, I am on my phone obsessively checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Perhaps this comes with the territory of working in digital marketing - I find myself constantly on the go. I'm constantly doing things or searching for things to do. When I'm not working my 9 to 5 job, I'm working on this blog. I have this constant need to do things - because when I'm just sitting down doing nothing, I get hit with a pang of anxiety (which may be a different problem altogether).

I have to remind myself that it's okay to slow down. It's okay to do nothing.

So here are some "proven" ways to keep sane in a social media-driven world:

Collect art. Like Thomas Merton once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Art may be in the form of a rare painting, a vinyl record from your favourite artist, a poetry book, or it could even be a perfectly shaped maple leaf that you randomly saw on the ground. Whatever it may be, take a moment to appreciate its beauty.

Accept that you can't please everybody, and that's okay. 

Keep organized. Keep a daily organizer with you at all times because there is nothing more satisfying than physically writing your plans down and crossing them off once they're done. 

Wear lipstick at home. Because you can. I am a firm believer of looking good for yourself. 

Know who your real friends are. They are the ones who are relentlessly honest with you and will tell you when your hair and outfit looks bad. Foster these friendships. 

Smell good. Because people like to be around people who smell good.

Take photos. To some it may be silly to take photos of the food you're eating, but if this gives you happiness, go ahead and take a hundred and one photos. I personally enjoy going through old photographs and reliving experiences as I flip through each album.

Finally, when you're in doubt, just remember this great line by Daniel Evans: Don’t be lukewarm. Be hot. Be cold. Never be lukewarm. For anything. Or anyone.