In a world where 350 million people suffer from depression, are you adding to it or you’re uplifting others with your social media?
What are the first few things you do when you wake up in the morning?
We bet checking social media is one of them. Social media is one of our latest technological tools. In order to harness the amazing potential of these new communication tools, we must be aware how our use of them affects the world around us.
We check our notifications and feed to see what’s happening with our friends and the world in general as a way to connect with our community. What we see and share our timelines have an effect on our lives as well as the lives of others who see our posts.
With that said, it’s best to be aware of what effect you are having on your community.
This begs two questions.
#1 What kind of posts are you sharing on your timeline?
#2 What kind of content appears in your feeds?
Are they uplifting or detrimental?
In this post, we give you tips on how to use social media to encourage others as well as yourself.
Here are 4 Ways to Use Social Media to Encourage Yourself and Others:
1. Follow Accounts that Inspire You
You are what you read, listen to and watch. Millions of individual content pieces are shared on social media every minute. It doesn’t mean that all content is right for you.
Luckily, you control what you see 90% of the time. Follow accounts that share content that empower you to achieve the impossible.
2. Share Inspiring Quotes with your Friends/Followers
A quote by Marianne Williamson says it all.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” – Marianne Williamson
What you post on social media has an effect on the people who see it. It’s acceptable to make a sad post in genuine circumstances. For example, the unfortunate and untimely death of your dog.
However, for your own sake you shouldn’t get into the habit of posting only depressing content. Find the good and lighthearted in life to balance out the dark stuff. If it helps you, routinely share inspiring quotes–it will help those around you, too.
By sharing inspiring quotes, not only will they motivate you, they’ll motivate others as well.
Sometimes you have to put others before yourself. – Lionsgate's animated film "Deep" releases in select theaters and on Demand this Friday, August 25th. Dive into the link in bio and experience the trailer to this upcoming film! – When a playful octopus named Deep gets his undersea fish colony in trouble, the tribe’s stern leader Kraken orders Deep to go find help. Joined by his splashy BFFs—a sassy shrimp and a silly anglerfish—Deep takes an epic, colorful journey through submerged cities and sunken ships, where they meet outrageous creatures that help the trio on its way. Throughout the adventure, Deep and his buddies laugh, sing, and bond with one another, proving that friendship can be a very “deep” subject. #Lionsgate #Deep #Underwater #Octopus #Seacreatures #Seamonsters #Advertisment
AgentSteven does a great job at this on Instagram. If you don’t have quotes of your own, you can always borrow one from his account.
3. Keep in Touch With Friends and Family
There are currently a million and one ways to stay in touch with your family and friends on social media. You can chat, tweet and even call them on video directly on most social media platforms.
As we all know, certain communities within apps like Twitter get a bad reputation for being extremely negative. Internet Trolls exist on every platform and in every person. It’s best to avoid getting stuck in those negative relationships.
Get in touch with your family and friends, like their posts and leave nice comments on them. This reminds them that they’re on your mind and you care about them.
These actions might go a much longer way than you think to uplifting those around you.
4. Share Real Life Genuine Pictures.
In the world of social media where everyone is trying to present their lives as perfect and awesome, sometimes all you need to share is a raw photo of yourself in the moment.
Yes, you should understand how to protect yourself and your private information, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show some emotional vulnerability to your fellow man.
Remind people there’s still some genuineness on social media.