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5 Habits You Need To Practice If You Feel Tired Of Social Media

5 Habits You Need To Practice If You Feel Tired Of Social Media

Feeling tired of social media? There’s no wonder why. While social media can be a great way of connecting with others, it can also be incredibly overwhelming. This infographic on Entrepreneur.com explains why, stating, “Each day, the average social network user receives 285 pieces of content, including 54,000 words and 443 minutes of video.” Forbes published an article describing a study showing a link between spending a lot of time on Facebook, social comparison, and depressive symptoms.

If you’re feeling stressed about social media but yet enjoy being able to connect with others online, work on your mindset. When other people write about their amazing accomplishments, choose to read about them only for inspiration and not to compare yourself to them. When you log into your social media accounts, plan how long you’ll be online, post or look for something inspirational, and log off. Avoid excessively scrolling through your Facebook news feed if you’ve had a rough day; seeing the great things that happened that day to hundreds of your Facebook friends could cause you to feel worse.

If you still feel tired of social media after limiting your time on it, and you want to take a break from being constantly connected with others online, here are 5 habits you can practice.

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1. Send messages via snail mail

It may take a few more minutes to send a letter than to “like” someone’s Facebook status, but handwritten notes are much more meaningful and heartwarming. I challenge you this week to cut out one hour of social media time to mail a few cards to friends or family members. You can find a card to purchase for pretty much any reason.

If you really want to be creative, design your own card. Grab some colored pencils, stencils, or stamps, and craft a personalized card. Your inner artist is just waiting to be unleashed, and you will make the recipient’s day.

2. Enjoy the quiet

Having personal quiet time regularly is an excellent way to reduce stress. Take a few moments to close your eyes and rest. You can meditate, pray, or write in a gratitude journal. Or, you can simply enjoy the peace and serenity that surrounds you.

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You may discover that spending time alone being quiet helps boost your creativity. After all, many people get their best ideas in the shower, a phenomenon explained in this article. Whether or not you feel innovative when you’re quiet, taking time out of your busy day for a quiet moment can be very beneficial.

3. Meet in person

Social media is amazing in that it allows us to connect instantly with people across the globe. Yet, no matter how big an online community you have developed, connecting on the internet is definitely not the same as meeting in person. Spend some time away from social media and meet people in person. You can get together for a workout, coffee, or late-night appetizers and a beer. The key is to actually meet and enjoy your time together.

4. Reinvent yourself

When you take a break from the social media, you will no longer be bombarded by other people’s lives and opinions. Your time and your mind will be free to explore new hobbies. This could be a good chance for you to rediscover your passion and motivation in life. Hence, taking a break from social media helps you focus on what actually matters to you.

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5. Get out in nature

Unplugging yourself from the internet has significant benefits. Look up and out to the magnificent world around you. Don’t be confined by your cell phone. This is the time when you will discover that you are genuinely living in the moment.

Getting out in nature and experiencing feelings of awe can greatly improve your life. Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior, did a fascinating study on awe. He discovered that brief moments of awe experienced in nature make people feel less entitled and less narcissistic. According to Piff’s research, feeling awe helps people cultivate their altruism and makes them feel more connected to humanity. Spend some time admiring the beauty of nature, even if it’s just by taking a moment to look at the night sky. The world is vast and beautiful, and you can experience all it offers if you just take a break from social media to look around.

The next time you feel tired of social media, I encourage you to unplug and try one of the above ideas. I’d love to hear how it goes!

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Featured photo credit: Instagram and Other Social Media Apps/Jason Howie via flickr.com

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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