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Mindful Ways to use Social Media



  • Know your intentions. Before you post, ask yourself: Am I looking to be seen or validated? Is there something more constructive I could do to meet that need?

  • If you propose to tweet or post, always ask yourself: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Is there anyone this might harm?

  • Respond with your full attention. If the greatest gift we can give someone is our attention, then social media allows us to be endlessly generous. We may not be able to reply to everyone, but responding thoughtfully when we can makes a difference.

  • Use mobile social media sparingly. Don’t fall victim to continuous partial attention by frequently signing on to be sure you don’t miss anything. If you choose to limit your mobile access, you may miss out online, but you won’t miss what’s in front of you.

  • Practise letting go. It may feel unkind to disregard certain updates or tweets, but we need downtime to be kind to ourselves. Give yourself permission to let yesterday’s stream go by. This way you won’t need to catch up on updates that have passed, but instead can be part of today’s conversation.

Adapted from 10 Mindful Ways to use Social Media by Lori Deschene.

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