“Hello. My name is Cori and I’m a social media addict.
“Today is day 1 of my commitment to give myself a regular break from technology and the foggy, uncreative haze it can unwittingly lead to.”
I was reading a post the other day by blogger Michael Brenner at B2B Marketing Insider, talking about getting your social media game on.
Of course, being the skimmer that I am, the first thing that caught my attention and made me go back and read the whole thing was his mention of having a Social Media Hangover.
His hangover was induced by sometimes (as we all do) forgetting to take breaks and shut down periodically from the very technology that makes social media so fun … and addictive.
It was a warning, and a call to bring at least a tiny bit of moderation into our very social (media) lives.
Connecting with other people all across the globe, building a tribe of like-minded individuals that actually want to buy your stuff, and finding creative ways to make your voice stand out above many … that’s what makes being an online entrepreneur so attractive.
But unfortunately, too much of anything is rarely a good thing.
Tips for shrugging off your social media stupor
It’s so important if your business hinges on your ability to put your creative brain through some mental hoops, that you protect that brain as much as you possibly can.
That means taking periodic breaks from all the technology you surround yourself with and simply turning it all off. And if you’re at a loss as to how to do that … don’t worry, I’ve got ya covered.
Here are 3 tips on how to claw your way out of the mental fog, find your motivation again, and let your voice ring out …
1. Get back to basics
As the lovely James from Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words recently suggested I try, sit down with a pen and write out some “I Believe” statements on just why you started your journey online in the first place.
What was true then that still holds true now, that could possibly be a good motivator and reignite your creative spark?
For me, when I started my entrepreneurial journey, I believed I had a story to share that others might relate to. Sharing my story might help someone else who may be struggling and make things a wee bit easier.
It must have helped, because suddenly I was inspired to write this post! Thanks James! 😉
2. Get out
Another idea you might try is to get out of your house and/or office. (In my case my house is my office.)
Take a drive, put the windows down, and enjoy the fresh air.
Don’t forget to take a good book along with you for an impromptu stop at a local coffee shop. Grab a cup of Joe, move on to a park bench somewhere, and commune quietly with nature for a bit.
I find that getting out and away from my usual routine often inspires and invigorates me. When I sit back down at my desk, I feel much clearer and much more focused.
In turn, you will find yourself much better able to tap into the creative drive that started you on this journey in the first place.
3. Get real
And finally, as a reminder, it is human nature to be social.
We were built to be social animals, created for relationships. So taking a break from technology and social media doesn’t mean you have to go off on your own and spend precious time buried in a book if you really don’t want to.
It does however mean that you need to get social with the real world and the people in your life that you actually see face to face. Spend time with your family, take a day trip with a good buddy somewhere, or hit a local shop and chit-chat with some of the cool people you often find, right in the community you actually live in.
It’s a good bet that once you’ve given yourself permission to unplug and recharge, and you dive back into the social media game, you’ll be ready to kick ass and take names later, cultivating your voice and brand until the cows come home. Or at least until you find yourself in the next foggy stupor.
In which case … see above, lather, rinse, and repeat.
How about you?
Ever suffer from a Social Media Hangover? What’s your favorite remedy? Let us know about it in the comments.
About the Author: Cori is a wildly hire-able freelance ‘ghost’ as well as the creative brains and dubious brawn behind her blog Big Girl Branding. If you’d like to harness her creative brains and dubious brawn to write for your blog, just stalk her on Twitter and ask her. I’m “almost” sure she doesn’t bite. Well… like 95% sure.