October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, which is a cause close to my heart.
With 2020 being one of the most challenging years, looking after your mental health is always important.
When your work requires you to scroll and be active on social media, it can feel impossible to “unplug” and take a break from the online world.
Tip #1 – Monitor Your Screen Time and Set Limits
If you feel like social media is starting to affect your mental health, you might want to try limiting the amount of time you spend on social media.
From now a few years, I have been limiting my phone usage up to one hour before bedtime. Until that point, I know I can keep monitoring socials but then I put my phone away until the next morning (don’t worry, if emergency, my team can still reach me).
If you find yourself being overwhelmed by social media, set reminders to step away from the screen. I personally use the Pomodoro technique. 25 min focus, 5 min break, 25 min focus, 5 min break, 25 minutes focus, long break. I only check my phone quickly in the 5 minutes break (e.g quick social check & emails). Most importantly, between tasks, I can stretch, go for a walk around the office, have a drink of water.
So remember to take regular breaks from your desktop and mobile.
Tip #2 – Meditate / Breathe / Relax
I have been prioritizing my self-care for now over 800 days. 802 days to be exact. For a minimum of 5 min a day, I just breathe, clear my mind and take the time for ME. Only me!
I also try to manage to go for early walks in my neighborhood – without my phone and just look up, enjoy nature and what’s around you.
Tip #3 – Take a (social) break
While it may be impossible for you to avoid social media at your job, setting boundaries and taking a break on weekends or evenings is still achievable.
Tip #4 – Enjoy podcasts
Being pro-active about your mental health is important, the more you learn, the more you can help yourself. The following recommendation is not only podcasts about mental health but helps with your mental health.
The Daily Talk Show
The Daily Talk Show is an Australian talk show and daily podcast by Tommy Jackett and Josh Janssen. Tommy and Josh chat about life, creativity, business and relationships — big questions and banter.
The Adam & Simon Show
Not Alone – A podcast from Beyond Blue
When it comes to mental health, we all have our own unique stories to tell. But no matter what we are going through, there are other people experiencing it too. From Beyond Blue, this is Not Alone. A podcast where everyday Australians talk about their mental health journey to help you with yours.
I hope you have enjoyed my mental health tips for social media managers.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- QLife on 1800 184 527
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774