5 reasons to reduce your social media presence

Tips on why and how to stay away from social media brought to you by Curiosity Corner Dublin

Why people are choosing to quit social media | BBC Ideas – credit

I get it, social media is the single best connection we have to other people right now. I am not disputing the benefits. All I’m saying is, the past year, we learned how to rethink a thing or two about our lives, and social media usage should be one of them. Let me give you couple reasons below why you should declutter your social media usage, and you can tell me your thoughts in the comments below. 👇

1. You’ll have extra free time

Accourding to Social Media Today, 30% of our time now spent on social media, which comes down to about 2,5 hours every day, which is a whole day gone from your week.

Mindblowing, right?

Imagine, that if you restrict yourself to just 30 minutes a day, you’ll have given yourself 14 hours EXTRA TIME for whatever else you wanna do. (You get that day back!) Be it some more time to read in a quiet corner, learn that instrument you dreamed of learning, have an extra bit to play that game you like so much (just be just as mindful about time spent there too!)

I’m working nowadays as a digital marketer, so I need that limit of my usage now more than ever! How about you?

2. Mental Health

Nowadays especially, mental health is definitely one that we have to consider. There is a lot of lockdowns around the world, and Ireland isn’t an exception. We have a specialised Level 5 on until at least 5th April 2021! (Oh, no!😱 )

Social media is full of news that you should not be hearing everyday and we must take measures to protect ourselves.

Too much information is proven to be causing mental fatigue, which eventually will result in mental health problems, such as depression, insomnia, underperforming in the workplace (especially if you work from home), rocketing stress levels, lethargy, and so on.

I know that when I purposefully avoid looking at news every day, or I’m not keep up with all the latest statistics, it’s usually better for my mood. And that means, I turn off social media as soon as I’m not working.

Don’t have to avoid all contact with these news, as I know it is important to keep up to date to some level.

Another solution? Revamp who and what channels you follow. Helps too!! I promise.

However, a selected ignorance is bliss, don’t you think?

3. Try your hand in something new

Since this lockdown, I’ve picked up knitting more seriously, and learned to knit English style as well as Continental style. Then I taught myself how to crochet. I’ve done an event management course, learned some basic coding and I’ve bought countless looms to experiment on, not to mention that we invested into a PS4. And I started learning piano. And I started this blog to write more. And now I’m working too.

Sounds too much? I know. 😂

You don’t have to have the same list I have (mine is, admittedly, a bit much – I don’t know how to do just one thing), but do remember that sometimes a certain amount of busy schedule is good for the soul. It carries a sense of accomplishment, a purpose, and something to look forward to.

So try one thing, I implore you. Something that you’d really, really wanted to learn and you never had the time before.

This pandemic is by far not gone yet, so you’ve got some extra time to kill in any case.

4. Be more proactive with time-management

When you’re on social media, your time runs away with you. Wouldn’t you rather be a bit more proactive instead?

I know that we’d rather just hide in our burrows, only resurface to a world that’s gone back to our previous normal. I know I wish that a lot.

To avoid sticking my head in the sand, I chose proactive ways to spend my time.

Like I wake up at a certain time and start work at a certain time. I take a break and I have one of the above mentioned activities for which I reach to or I’ll take a nap if I’m tired. Point is, I organise my time, to stay on target.

I don’t do hourly breakdowns, and I’m not keeping myself strictly to my schedule right now, as I have bad days and good days, like most. And I need to adjust as such.

I do keep a Bullet Journal though which helps me keep on track with the most important things, like work, my blog, my other commitments, and so on.

(If you haven’t hear of Bullet Journaling before, I highly recommend you check out Ryder Carroll’s method, I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can go as creative or as simple as you want. – And hey there, there is an extra potential way to a new hobby – several actually. 😉 )

5. Purpose redirection

Purpose these days is key these days especially.

It is, so you can redirect your day-to-day attention to more important things in your life, especially if we’re in-between jobs right now (check out my tips for that here). This is the same for those of you that are stay at home moms or dads, or if you just literally need to rethink your priorities for some reason or another, whatever the case may be.

I found that social media gives me anxiety, big time. This is partly because I’ve become a very private person over the years. Naturally, me sharing posts about my interests and stuff is hard for me.

Limiting my social presence was one of the best decision I’ve made.

My repurposing of my time on social is that I only use social media if I want to share my writing, if I have something fun to share or if I am making blog posts. Other than that, I’m working now, so since I have to use social media, I am not using it for my personal stuff at all. Girl gotta stop somewhere, am I right?

Let me know how you think would be the best way to repurpose your social media usage and how does it help you feeling happier?


Don’t forget to check out the video above 👆🏻 and leave your comments below. 👇🏻

Until the next time,

May we all have satisfying conversations.

Szabina

What to Do When You’re Unemployed and in the High-Risk Category in this Pandemic

This is some friendly advice article for those of us who live in the world of Covid as high risk category person who is unemployed

So I am one of those people who somehow found herself in the proverbial ‘valley of shadows’. There are measures that the Irish Government have been implementing again, not making it easy to socialise, let alone to find a job.

I am trying to find a job in the middle of a world-wide pandemic and I have asthma, which makes my choices limited if I want to protect myself and my household from Covid-19.

Being a high risk category person makes things that much trickier when trying to get employed. t gives me that much less options, because I should not, ideally, go in to some unknown place for an interview. I have to force myself ask for phone or Zoom interviews. I also have to be able to find ways to creatively use my time and make myself employable at the same time. And yes, it is much easier said than done.

However, all hope is not lost, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to keep your heads high and stuck it out a much as you can, because the repercussions of this pandemic hasn’t even hit yet in its full force. So we must learn to ride this tide too.

Health

What you have to keep in mind is that first of all you must keep healthy, both in body and mind.

You should make sure that you boost your immune system with Vitamin C and D is and according to Healthline there are some vitamin supplements that can help to keep you in top shape.

Going for big walks has just gotten harder in Dublin, as the Covid Restrictions are a bit more on again, but even so, try to find the time when you can go on longer, preferably social distancing walks (or runs – whichever you prefer). The fresh air will lift your mood, and if nothing else it will give you the much needed stretch of your legs. Do this at least once a day. Will make a difference.

Hobbies

Hobbies at this time of uncertainty are a lifesaver. Try something new (like blogging), make sure you use your brain even if your mind is not going to be needed for work right now.

Start a Bullet Journal, do some painting or (if you have access to it you can play some Nintendo games – always handy 😉 ).

Alternatively you can always start something creative, like knitting, crochet or write, like I do. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you need only something that constructively fills your time until your opportunities get you back on track with life in general.

One thing I can promise: Whatever you start doing is, as I said, a lifesaver!

The Job-hunt

Of course, the end result, whatever you mean to do in the interim, is to attain indicated job that you aim to find. No play no gain as they say.

  1. Be patient

Be patient with yourself, with the opportunities that are out there. We got to understand, that we’re in a type of recession. There may be a lot of jobs out there, but the competition for each of them has doubled, if not tripled. This means that we must play the numbers game. Apply and apply and do as many (or few) interviews as it takes.

2. Leverage your talents

Believe me, I know you if you feel like me, and you think maybe there is something wrong with your CV or with yourself, to not have found a job yet. Most likely though, that isn’t the case.

While you’re waiting for the right opportunities to come your way, you can either up-skill or try and freelance. Volunteering is just as good with an added bonus, since you can add it to your CV, filling in some blanks. See the some links at the end of this article.

3. Take breaks

The best advice I got was from my husband, and that is to take breaks. Finding the jobs that suit you takes work, takes thinking, and most of all takes resilience. To achieve the latter, you must know your limits and recognise that you can’t do the job-hunt 24/7, however much you feel pushed for it.

You need to keep you sanity too, and so you have to turn another leaf, reacharge and then get to it again. And so we have come to full circle.

Breathe

This is the hardest part. I’m with you. I am there too. But to have fun in-between the worries is important and more, it is essential.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Jodi Picoult:

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo

– far more flexible that you’d ever believe at first glance.

My Sister’s Keeper

May we always have satisfying conversations.

Love,

Szabina


The links I promised:

Volunteer:

I-Vol: https://www.i-vol.ie/

Up-skill for Free:

Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/

EdX: https://www.edx.org/