10 Practical Tips On How To Use Media Consciously

April 4, 2020

How are you? As most of us must hunker down in our home, it is so easy and tempting, even more so now, to turn to social media like for example Facebook or the news on television or in the radio to find out what is happening in other areas or countries and look for virtual connections with the world around us.

However, all these reports and news about the current state with the Covid-19 virus, lives lost and staggering economic and social disruptions can cause anxiety and fear. I hear of people who are having emotional difficulties, mental challenges, depression and even panic attacks in the midst of the near shutdown of the world as we knew it.

I believe now more than ever that we are asked to find a balance between staying informed, how we deal with this external information and most importantly, how we process it internally. In my book Hawaiian Rebirth, I wrote a chapter on how to use social media consciously. Today, I’d like to share a portion of that chapter with you.

Here are 10 practical tips on how to bring more awareness and mindfulness when you use the media:

  • When you get up in the morning, don’t automatically reach for your phone to check the latest feeds on Facebook or the messages in your inbox. Instead, start your day with a mindful ritual like meditation, setting an intention for the day or reading an inspirational book.
  • Don’t end your day with your mind still captured in the news scrolling your mobile phone or laptop, or checking the latest news on TV. Instead, before going to bed, write down what you are thankful for and what you wish to experience in the dream world and the following day.
  • Take time and think about why you’re using media. Write down the reasons and reflect on them. Just considering the purpose of using social media can give you great insights. Weighing the advantages and disadvantages may also help reduce the time you spend on social media or change how you interact with people on each platform.
  • I’d like to challenge you to strike a balance between personal communications and online, social media communications. If you haven’t talked to a friend or a family member in a long time, give them a call instead of texting or messaging.
  • Media, if used appropriately and at appropriate times, can be a great way to learn about the latest information and knowledge in your areas of interest (for example, how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time). However, it’s essential to develop awareness—to understand how much time you’re spending on it and how you feel while reading or researching the relevant material.
  • I’d like to suggest that you track the time you’re on social media for one day, either on your phone or your computer. And after clicking and reading a feed on Facebook, go inward and see how that news or information affects you. Does it make you feel calm and uplifted, or upset and angry?
  • Use privacy settings to control what other people can see and read about you. It would be prudent to protect your private information, such as phone numbers, your birthday and home address. This may seem obvious, but some people don’t use enough caution online. Such vital information should never be posted publicly on social media.
  • We are now asked to stay home and work from home. If you’re using social media for your business, it’s important to have a solid understanding of how the mechanism works. Learn when and how to use it, and which channels to focus on to yield maximum benefits without getting distracted by a sea of unrelated information and news.
  • It’s critical to use discernment when it comes to news from unreliable sources. The internet can be an important tool for sharing alternative information that’s been ignored or overlooked by the mainstream media. However, it can also lead to an overwhelm of information, and taking so much time to research.
  • Pay attention to what kind of information drains your energy or distracts you, and what kind of information uplifts you and helps you refocus on what is really important in your life. Be mindful of this when forwarding any information/news to others.

In 2014, I took a time out from Social Media. During that time, it was vital for me to stay present and to realign my energy toward what I wanted to create. During this digital detox, I started to notice how dependent upon and addicted to using social media I had been at times. I realized that there are times when only you—your deeper self, your essence—can guide you.

The break from social media gave me a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how I related to myself and the world around me. It was freeing to stop thinking about what to share and to quit compulsively checking Facebook feeds. I thought deeply about why I was using this vehicle of relating and sharing.

After three months’ absence, I returned to social media with higher awareness and more clarity. I promised myself I’d use social media in a way that was aligned with who I was becoming, and balance my time between the real world and the cyber-world by limiting the time I spend on social media and the internet in general.

Does the way you inform yourself in media and how you use the social online networks right now bring you closer to or farther away from your needs? If the latter, consider shifting your focus and realigning your time and energy and reconnect with your higher self and your inner wisdom.

Feel free to forward this email to your friends or families or share it on your social media if you feel this would be helpful. I am here for you if you need any support, or just need someone to talk things through with.

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To live a life on purpose, acknowledge your thoughts andnemotions and redirect them toward your dreams.
~Yves Nager