How to Use Instagram Mindfully

“You live most of your day on your Instagram. Make sure it’s a nice place to be.”

Sounds familiar?

“You live most of your life inside your head. Make sure it’s a nice place to be.”

I’m not sure who said this quote but I adapted it to our everyday reality.

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We spend most of our day looking at our phones. And our social media accounts reflect the truth about our lives to the extent we want to share.

As it only shows how much the user wants to share, it’s very open to different interpretations of the followers. We can be either inspired by the user’s photos and can celebrate their happiness. Or we can feel really bad about ourselves. Someone’s truth or fake images can make an impact on us if we don’t have enough awareness.

But whatever the image is, the effect is on our hands.

Living mindfully doesn’t only apply to meditation and doing yoga every day. We’re living in the age of modern technology. With the opportunities and distractions in our hands, we need to learn how to make the best out of all the experiences that we have in modern life.

I like Instagram. I find inspiration and connection with some accounts there. It wasn’t always that way for me though. It only started to be a place of joy when I brought attention to what I consume on social media.

If you feel your social media accounts pull you back and cause self-doubt, it may be time to apply the below suggestions.

Find Your Inspiration

Consider what inspires you in real life. What do you enjoy when you’re away from your screen time?

Think about your hobbies and what you enjoy learning.

We can only feed our souls while we follow people that inspire us and keep us accountable for our goals.

When we see the people that we follow on Instagram thriving in their elements, this can be a great reminder for us to chase our dreams too.

We don’t have to know them in person but we can feel motivated to see what we dream of is possible and achievable. It’s only a change of perspective from feeling miserable about where we’re to where we want to be.

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Energy Is Everything. Yes, Even on Instagram!

We all have energy changing throughout the day. This depends on whom we talk to, how we spend our time, what we eat, and watch daily.

That’s why it’s important to watch our energy.

See how your energy changes each time you see a photo on Instagram. Does that photo make you feel down or positive about life? Do you feel like your life doesn’t matter because you don’t have the opportunities that those people have? Or do you mostly read comments that trigger you?

Observe how you feel about someone sharing a photo of their life. Bring your awareness to yourself and see what triggers you and why you feel bad about it. Does it point out a thing that’s missing in your life?

Figure out these answers while going inwards. Because inner work doesn’t end in our meditation seats. We need to consume mindfully and turn everything into an opportunity to bring us mindfulness about ourselves and how we respond to things.

Set Boundaries to Do Self-care

We all follow our family members, distant relatives, or friends that we haven’t seen for a long time. Just because we know them doesn’t mean we have to follow the updates about their lives.

If the content they share isn’t something you’re interested in but you only follow them out of courtesy, you’re free to unfollow them. Or muting those accounts is an option too. This will tidy your feed.

In the past, I had a Twitter account where I used to read all the comments on the main page because of the fear of missing out. That was wasting my time and I used to feel like rushing between posts to see what people think about things. If you have the feeling to see all the stories that aren’t even valuable to you on your Instagram, lean back, and start to clean out your page.

Because following someone on social media doesn’t mean we are friends with them in real life. In the same way, unfollowing someone doesn’t mean we hate them. Setting boundaries where necessary and allowing only the good energy to come through us is part of self-care.

Have a Like-minded Community on Instagram

The Internet is a great tool to connect with people while we spend our days sitting on a desk 9–6. The fact that we’re spending our time with others at work or school doesn’t mean that we have a connection with them. It’s hard to find like-minded people in real life.

But Instagram can be a place of connection if we use it mindfully.

This is usually possible when we figure out our interests and search accounts that share similar content.

Many accounts offer live videos and IG-TVs to help people learn and grow. The best is that all these opportunities are only one click away!

And if you enjoy their page, feel free to make comments. Be part of a useful conversation with like-minded people.

Monitor Your Daily Screen Time

It’s very important to monitor the time we spend on Instagram. Because we get addicted to seeing people’s lives, what they share, and what they do. And we visit the platform mostly because we click on the app out of habit.

Be mindful of the time you spend on Instagram. I never considered myself spending that much time on an app until I faced reality.

The app has a great function to allow us to monitor our visits. When you go to the Settings and Your Activity sections, you will see how often you go there. The best thing is that Instagram can remind us when we pass our daily limit. Use this function to bring awareness to your screen time.

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Now you know how to turn your Instagram into a place where you’ll find joy, inspiration, and connection by being aware of yourself and your page.

Go to your social media account and check who you’re following. Consider if they’re aligned with your values and energy that you want to attract into your life.

Do the inner work and reflect it to your screentime. 3, 2, 1 go!

Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Freelance writer whose passion is to empower others through mindfulness. IG: @begumerol_

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