How to wisely use social media in order to boost your creativity
The rise in coronavirus infections has slowed down in Belgium, but we still need to be careful. For the health of ourselves and our loved ones, and to avoid a second lockdown, it's best to not go full-on bananas with going outside and meeting all of your friends. But how do we deal with the temptation to watch TikTok videos all day when there isn’t that much to do? Here are 5 ways to use your time on social media more wisely and give your creativity a boost.
Article and pictures by Giulia Latinne
USE ONLINE TIME WITH FRIENDS TO GET CREATIVE
The mental impact of not being able to see all the friends or family that you want can be big. To avoid that, we should use social media as the handy tools they can be: to keep in touch. Maybe you have a creative project in mind that you wanted to work on for a long time? 'Asana' and 'Flowdock' ensure you that you won't be disturbed by private notifications while working on the project with your friends.
SET SMARTPHONE-USE LIMITS TO ALLOW TIME FOR YOURSELF
Maybe you are someone who has no trouble at all staying busy at home. Someone who cleans up, listens to podcasts and answers messages, all at the same time. However, be careful with mixing different activities. Research shows that when you are quickly going from one thing to the next, you will be 40% less productive. Having trouble? Try the free app 'Space', which will help you to use social media consciously by setting goals for yourself. You can set limits for your smartphone use, or turn off your notifications completely when you just want to take some time for yourself.
GO OUTSIDE FOR YOUR WEEKLY SPORTS SESSION
Going outside for a refreshing bike ride, walk, or solid workout is allowed and even highly recommended. Research reveals that physical exercises give your state of mind an incredible boost and help you feel better mentally. If you want to add more fun to your workout, then 'Strava' and 'MapMyFitness' might do the trick. These sports apps help you to keep track of your performance, such as the amount of time you have exercised or which route you have taken while running or cycling. You can even share these achievements with friends on social media to feel like you're exercising together.
MEDITATE TO DEAL WITH UNHAPPY OR ANXIOUS FEELINGS
If you go crazy within the four walls of your room or feel like this shituation will never end, try to do some relaxation exercises. Get your smartphone and download the free meditation app called 'Headspace'. With a nice detailed design, the app easily helps you with anxious or unhappy feelings you may have right now. 'Calm' and 'Aura' are also great additional apps for putting a hold to overthinking. You can even follow special courses such as 'happiness' and 'anxiety' to give your feelings a place and to remind yourself that all of this will pass eventually.
STOP SCROLLING AND KEEP YOUR NORMAL SLEEP RHYTHM
It's very tempting to consider this period as a holiday: working in your pyjamas because no one sees you, or going to sleep late because you don't have to drive to work the next day. Why wouldn't you scroll on your social media a little longer, or watch more Netflix? There is nothing wrong with the occasional useless use of your mobile phone or laptop, but try to avoid it before going to sleep. Try reading a book, or listen to music instead. If the temptation is still too great, check out the app 'QualityTime'. The clear visuals of the app tell you when and how much time you actually spend on social media. It will help you maintain your regular sleep rhythm and feel good the next day.
Do you have any other tips on how to wisely use social media in order to boost your creativity? Let us know in the comments below!