Working on social media is an amazing way to channel your creativity and connect with different communities.
However, managing multiple social media accounts and all of their associated responsibilities can have an impact on your mental health.
Between negative comments and sky-high screen times turn off can be difficult.
We spoke to five social media managers, developers, and solo preneurs to find out how they work protect their wellbeing – because mental health is wealth!
5 Mental health Tips from social media managers
Working on the front lines of social media can be stressful, exhausting, and downright overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve reached out to some highly experienced experts to share how they manage their social media relationship and mental health.
Here are the top five tips, from pausing screen to setting boundaries:
- Setting work-life boundaries – content creator Alexandra Niko
- Find moments for digital detox – Stephanie Veiga from Knixwear
- Avoid Comparisons – Chips Vintage founder Andrew Chipman
- Use Mental Health Apps – Rachel Lambo, Co-Founder and CEO of Sade Baron
- Take breaks outdoors – Christine Colling, Later Social Media Manager
Tip 1: Set work-life boundaries and stick to them, from content creator Alexandra Niko
Alexandra Nikolayev – known as @lexniko – is a pop culture fan and hosts the one last thing Podcast. When she’s not delivering celebrity news or talking about mental health, she works full time in the tech industry.
Suffice it to say that their commitments require a lot of phone time. So if you set limits and take regular breaks, Niko will stay in check.
“Boundaries are key when it comes to social media and no one is going to do them for you.
It’s really about defining the boundaries you need to plan your time between work and real life and then actually committing to those boundaries and schedules.
This can be anything from logging out daily at a certain time, blocking your calendar for planned training sessions or breaks, to replying to DMs twice a day in 30-minute time blocks. Find out what works for you and stick to it consistently. “
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Tip 2: Find little moments of digital detox, by Stephanie Veiga, Senior Social Media Manager at Knixwear
Stephanie Veiga is the social media maven behind it Knixwear, a brand that is revolutionizing the intimate apparel industry.
Is your screen time hovering around the seven-hour mark? Sure, but this is how Veiga finds her sense of #balance:
“I’ve always been the type to laugh at the idea of digital detox. I love my phone, how could I do that? Whether you’re knitting or painting, focusing on something else will comfortably distract you without scrolling.
A helpful tip is to move your phone to another room or take a long walk without it. “
Tip 3: Don’t compare yourself to others, by Chips Chip founder Andrew Chipman
Company based in Winnipeg Chip’s Vintage makes our world a bit more sustainable, one point at a time. And at the top is the solo preneur Andrew Chipmanwho to find juggling everything from buying to shipping to marketing and you guessed it, social media.
“As a solo show, I’ve learned that there’s no point comparing myself to a company that has a social media team, resources, and tools that I just don’t have.
But I can set my own expectations and be proud of what I’ve achieved.
Checking in and giving yourself credit where credit is due is a good lesson in these moments. Take pride in the work you do, and as cheesy as it is, for some reason don’t dim your lights! ”
Tip 4: Use Mental Health Apps by Rachel Lambo, Co-Founder and CEO of Sade Baron
Rachel Lambo is the brain behind the clean, plant-based beauty line, Sade Baron.
Founded with their mother, the duo share roles and responsibilities to produce a variety of nutrient-rich infusions that are good for both you and the planet.
This is how Lambo finds a minute to relax:
“The Quiet app is really helpful, I use it to relax, reduce my anxiety and be mindful of my surroundings.
I’ll hear it in the background during my morning routine or on days when I need complete concentration.
With so much going on, it gives my day a sense of peace and centeredness. It’s also a great way to keep myself calm and focused. “
For more mental health apps to help you develop positive habits, check out ours 14 Apps and Tools to Help Protect Your Mental Health at Work Blog entry.
Tip 5: Take breaks outdoors, by Christine Colling, Later Social Media Manager
Wondering how Team Later will keep the ship afloat? Enter, Christine Colling our social media superstar.
Based in Vancouver, Colling understands the importance of fresh air and scenic views. So it’s only natural that she should find ways to escape into nature.
“To combat the endless loop of zoom meetings and staring at our screens, we introduced ‘no desk meetings’ where we have to go outside!
Whether you’re stopping by your local coffee shop or taking the puppy for a walk at lunchtime, a change of scene can do wonders for your sanity and get you energized right away. “
In today’s social media landscape, it is more important than ever to protect our mental wellbeing and reduce everyday stress.
Hopefully, using the tips and techniques above, you too can have a healthier social media experience and step back from the screen.
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Amanda is a content marketer at Later in Toronto. When she’s not busy writing, you can catch her playing tennis or sipping pop culture tea. Say hello on Instagram – @amandademeku