A common stressor for the HSP is how we manage our social media consumption.
Bottom line, no matter what pressures you feel–Less is more.
Energetic sensitives are easily overstimulated by electronics. That means we have to be intentional and conscientious about how we use them. We cannot hold ourselves to the standards of those who seem to be unfazed by hours spent scrolling. (And my personal & professional belief is that nobody is unfazed by a daily habit of hours spent scrolling. It’s become a socially accepted addiction, this attachment we have to our phones.)
Remember that your energy is a precious resource that cannot be squandered. Monitoring your internal energy meter is how we set goals, meet goals, exceed goals…and live a meaningful life. It’s how we create a reality that not only works for us, but exceeds all expectations.
So if you find yourself feeling chronically tired, drained, easily triggered, or falling victim to comparison anxiety, please promise me you’ll try these Three Tips for energy protection around your social media use:
1.) SCROLLING is depleting.
It’s the equivalent of eating the entire contents of the refrigerator, then wondering why your stomach hurts. It’s too much energy consumption. Set a timer if you have a hard time limiting your scrolling. Take regular vacations from every platform. And if your sleeping is compromised avoid all electronics two hours before bedtime.
2.) Adopt a HARD NO policy on anyone who is disrespectful, mean, or energetically violent on your platform!
The Highly Sensitive have been so often told they’re “too sensitive” (which is rubbish) that they tend to harshly judge themselves for experiencing emotional pain. Resilience does not mean allowing others to abuse us. In fact, it’s the opposite. Resilience means knowing what it takes to feel strong, protected, and protective of others who may also be bullied on our platforms. Blocking and removing those who insult, threaten, mock, condescend or utilize any other form of energy violence, is not “lacking the ability to disagree” with somebody. It’s taking a stand against abuse.
Nobody needs to be on every platform. That’s a recipe for stress. Spend time on one, maybe two. If you have to use it for business, focus on one and do it really well, or hire somebody to help you manage the presence of multiple sites. Do not feel that you have to check in daily to Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube…that’s insanity-producing. In fact, do not feel you have to check in on even one platform daily. Set your pace based on what feels nourishing for you. I love Instagram, but it’s only because I spend a maximum of thirty minutes a day on social media in total. Anything more than that would feel toxic to me, and I’d be unable to show up at all.
Beautifuls, it’s January of a brand new year, and we’re still rolling in the momentum of intention. Let your energy level be your number one priority. Protect it like it’s your most valuable asset, because it absolutely is.
Please feel free to reply to this post and share with me your personal boundaries that help you maintain wellness around your social media use. I’ll share your tips in a future post, which means you’ll be helping others in this Highly Sensitive community!