Have you ever truly stopped and asked yourself if your time spent on Instagram was worth it? Do you also have a love-hate dynamic ongoing with it? I feel you!
I remember reading an influencer’s reflection after her account got hacked and all her pictures got deleted. Even though she ultimately recovered them, it got her thinking: ”Would all this time feel meaningful and worth it if all of it was gone?”
As much as we are often already on the next thing and walking fast-paced to reach the unreachable stars, when do we actually stop & stare?
When do you consciously tell yourself: ”I am purposefully grabbing my phone right now, because I want to see the recent photos of my community”? Or does it mostly look like this: Grabbing your phone, opening your favorite unconscious app, scrolling until something comes up in your head, starting said task, thinking about something you wanted to look on Instagram, opening it again, doing the task you thought about, starting to scroll, realizing you are still scrolling, go back to your original task….
And then you compare, envy, doubt, fear, feel guilty, bored, confused, tired, excited, dreaming, and enjoy an emotion rollercoaster because you are tuning in to other people’s energy and that is what happens!
Oh my! See, this is just one pattern. And even if this one doesn’t necessarily resonate with you, we all have our patterns. You just have to find and acknowledge yours before you can be clear like water and love your social media without cultivating a love-hate relationship!
Start by making a conscious decision
Okay so before we go further, let me be clear: Do you consciously want to numb yourself on Instagram a few hours a day?
Ultimately, it is as simple as that. You are either conscious and taking control over how you nurture your mind & soul, or you are numbing yourself. But listen, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy scrolling! It’s okay if you do. It’s all about learning to tread the line. So I ask: Do you want to level up and be conscious?
If no, go grab yourself a coffee and we can chat next time! 🙂
If YES! Follow my few tips below!
1. Be there for a long ride
Sorry to dissapoint you, but today we won’t learn how to stop scrolling. Rather, we will learn that to reach an end goal (to stop scrolling), we need to learn how to be patient and break one pattern at a time; not a whole brick wall! Take one brick out at a time consciously and this new awareness will serve you much further than only on Instagram.
2. Get the first brick out
The worst thing about scrolling is not that it’s a lot of exercise for your thumb. But it’s the fact that you might be consuming 90% of content you don’t really care about at this moment, for only a few posts that spark joy. DECLUTTER.
I invite you to scroll slowly and for each post, ask yourself: Does this bring value to my life? Value can come in many different shapes and forms: a spark of joy, laughter, a warm feeling in your heart, inspiration etc. Maybe it’s also simply someone you know and the familiar feeling makes you fuzzy and glow. If that happens, keep scrolling one post further down.
If it makes you feel any negative feeling, confusion, destructive envy, numbness, etc. UNFOLLOW. Seriously don’t be affraid to offend people. It’s okay. You don’t have a duty to follow everyone you know and it’s okay to not enjoy content that you once loved. We grow and go through phases and so should our socials!
It may sound dramatic, but if you become a master at recognizing how to only cultivate your own joyful corner on Instagram, scrolling won’t be so negative, because it will all be content you CHOSE to see. Even if you see it all pretty fast!
3, Get a second brick out
Everytime you catch yourself scrolling your newly beautiful and intentional feed, take a deep breath. Tell yourself in your head: Okay, I am scrolling right now. Do I really want to spend my time on this right now?
If yes, continue enjoying yourself! If it’s your treat, why not?
If you would rather spend your time on something else, make it clear in your head and choose consciously where you bring your attention next.
4. Don’t neglect the power of micro decisions
All these micro decisions are the ones that matters mosts. We make thousands of micro decisions in a day so quickly, we are barely aware of them. Start making some decision stand out and be the one in control of your precious time on earth. It’s a fun journey. Don’t let it all be 2D.
So, if you’ve made the conscious decision to use social media more mindfully, tell us on Instagram using the #MorningMarjolaine to tell us how you’re doing.