TW: Mentions EDs
Now whenever someone talks about self care a lot of our first thoughts drift towards things like face masks, bubble baths or getting your nails
Sometimes I find myself wanting to hide away from social media in general which is definitely a difficult thing to do when your job is based around it but there are areas we can all make an effort to work on to make sure we are looking after ourselves in the real world as well as this digital world we all have living in our phones or laptop screens.
Unfollow, block, repeat: You don’t owe anybody anything. Remember that. If there is something online that is not serving you then you are allowed to unfollow, mute, hide, block, etc. You don’t need to
If you find something triggering, unfollow: If someone is posting things you find triggering, don’t feel like you have to engage with that content. Even if that person is a good friend, it’s ok to choose not to see that content on social media. You can block words from appearing on your timeline on twitter, you can mute certain accounts if you’re worried they might notice if you unfollow and you can hide people on Instagram too.
Be mindful of what might be triggering and warn accordingly: I normally hide people if they are talking about dieting a lot as this is something I find very triggering having suffered from EDs in the past and the diet culture recently has been low key really triggering me. Not even just weight loss chat but lifestyles
Just be mindful of others where you can, example – if I ever post things like my Fitbit stats or whatever on social media outside Fitbit I always cover over the calories because that would trigger me if I saw that on someone else’s feed randomly but most people wouldn’t even think to do that because it’s never affected them. New Year is always a bad time for that shit and the run up to Summer. I always try and bear that in mind and mute accordingly, especially people promoting extremely unhealthy diets
Don’t rely on other people to use trigger warnings: Now the last point brings me to this one; it’s nearly impossible to trigger warning to cover everything ever but I try and cover the more common things or things that would trigger me when I can but generally, most people don’t. If you follow someone who posts a lot of triggering things without warning, even if it is about their own struggles you can unfollow if it’s hurting your mental health. Don’t feel like you need to go out of your way to help or comment when you are then putting yourself into a position that is damaging your health. If you can’t cope with it right now, then say no. It’s ok.
Don’t feed the trolls: The internet is full of amazing people but likewise, it is a breeding ground for a lot of cunts. Block those bitches ASAP.
Don’t get caught up in the numbers: I think we are all guilty of this even if we don’t admit it but it can be very disheartening when you post a photo you are incredibly proud of and like 10 people like it. I know msot of you blogger types will be able to relate to that one but we are all worth so, so much more than that follower count. Promise.
It’s ok to take time off: Even if you’re in the same boat as me it’s still ok to take time off. If you’re worried about content not going out then schedule for a while so you can breathe. You don’t owe people anything and you can’t pour from an empty cup.