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  • Writer's pictureTony Laulu

Turning the volume down on social media overwhelm

"Technology is a useful servant, but a dangerous master"

Christian Lous Lang, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the massive amounts of information available to you, and underwhelmed by what you’re able to do with it (or what is does to you)?

Are you sometimes frustrated by the seductive nature of social media, discovering that you just invested an hour of your life that you’ll never get back?

Join the club.

Most of us need help in navigating the fast-evolving world we live in. We need help with establishing—and honoring—priorities that keep us on track to accomplish the objectives we truly value.

Here are 5 ways to beat social media overwhelm

1. Check in with your emotions

When you feel the impulse to check the news, explore the emotional need you are trying to fulfil.

2. Ground yourself in your body

Notice the physical sensations in your body. Chances are, you are experiencing some kind of physical discomfort.

3. Turn your attention to something else

Once you’ve checked in with your feelings and acknowledged them, turn your attention to something else. Instead of checking the news, what else can you do?

4. Set boundaries

Set boundaries with the news and social media. Turn down the noise by switching off stressful digital spaces.

5. Allow yourself to feel joy

During difficult and stressful news cycles, you may feel guilty for experiencing joy. You may fear that if you let joy into your life, you are not taking the situation seriously.

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