Social media is an influential way we connect and find out what’s going on in the world. Oftentimes you find out news through social media before hearing it on the actual news. However, the down side to this is constantly having your phone to your face checking social media to stay in the loop. When you have people from all walks of life on a single platform; it can definitely heighten debates and emotions when everyone wants to be heard and understood.
These mixed emotions and opinions coming from every which way, for some, can weigh heavy and make a place like social media feel like it’s just too much. We have to remember that energy never dies, it just transfers and social media isn’t any exception. Be mindful that just like a face to face conversation or a phone conversation, you can still be affected by bad vibes or energy
Some people take breaks from social media when they feel as though they need peace of mind or leave all together. Where both of those options are totally understandable, I believe there is a way where you can engage in social media while protecting your peace at the same time.
Have you ever been scrolling on your timeline and saw someone’s post who was venting about their issues and immediately you start feeling down too? And you could have had the best intentions of having a good day but now, you don’t know why you feel so blah? Well, once I realized I was an empath (I truly believe we all are but we just have to tap in) I had to start learning how to protect my peace on social media. So here are some things that I practice daily to protect my peace:
Being mindful is a big part of protecting my peace. If you’re aware of your purpose or reasoning for being on social media then you won’t get side tracked with other people’s negative energy or problems. Since I’ve grown into Bella Minded, I make it intentional to not mistreat anyone on social media regardless how they may treat me. If I’m going back and forth with someone on social media I try my best to say things in a way that isn’t hurtful and if I feel it may come across that way… I won’t comment. I’m trying to heal and spread love so if I’m arguing with everyone by being condescending and disrespectful that’s not aligning with my purpose and why I’m here. Be mindful how you like to be dealt with so you don’t deal with others that way. Be mindful that some people have a lot going on and off of social media that you may not be aware of. We all have our problems and our levels of growth. This protects you from having to be in awkward and toxic conversations, especially with people you barely know.
In protecting your peace you have to know your triggers (I discuss this in knowing how to have mindful conversations which I haven’t published yet. I know.. ass backwards). In knowing your triggers you can avoid energy that’s going to put you in a state of anxiety and/or depressions. Sometimes when you have triggers that you haven’t fully unpacked it could cause you to regress and maybe even act out of character. Recognize when certain conversations are going to send you to a place that you’re still healing from. I know we like to be heard and share our experience but if you want to protect your peace then you would want to avoid speaking on topics that you are still deeply wounded by. There’s no way you’re going to be open and receptive if you’re still hurt by an experience because you’re still in that space. We don’t always have to speak our mind with everything. It’s okay to sit some conversations out and take the time to process what’s being said. It’s okay to be an observer, you’ll be surprised at what you learn.
Protecting your peace means to not find yourself feeding off of the emotions of other people; headlines and sound bites that aren’t true, and/or have been taken out of context. I can even say that I’ve been guilty of taking a comment out of context because I assumed they were trying to imply one thing when they were really implying something else. If I’m confused on what’s being stated I either: Ask for understanding, look for further information, or I simply leave it alone. Nothing interrupts your peace than arguing with someone about misinformation. It’s draining and a waste of time. Remember these headlines are written for the purpose to bait you into clicking the link but sometimes we don’t even take the time to do that because we’re emotionally set off like a light switch. Before settin’ it off because of a blog post, news article, or what someone posts; vet the information before posting, commenting or sharing. And it’s okay to say you misunderstood if you were wrong. Let that righteous energy go so you don’t disrupt your peace.