I recently went through my Facebook and Twitter and unfollowed a bunch of people and companies that no longer fall in line with my values and I encourage you to do the same. If you are constantly bombarded with information about people you no longer care about, folks who make your blood boil with their posts or companies that don’t align with what you believe in now, it’s time to unfollow. Here are a few suggestions to get you going:
Unfollow companies you’ve had bad experiences with in the past: Perhaps the quality of the products dramatically reduced, maybe they gave you terrible customer service when you had a problem with something you ordered from them or maybe you’ve done some research on their processes and they don’t follow the practices you think are important. If so, they don’t deserve a space in your feed.
Unfollow friends who you don’t actually consider friends: You may have a lot of people on your Facebook but do you have the personal numbers of them all? No. If you don’t want to get in touch with them directly, why should you follow them at all? Perhaps they have some tedious link to your past, but if you haven’t sustained that friendship in a meaningful way since, it’s time to part ways.
Unfollow people who anger you or make you feel worse about yourself: There are some people on social media who use it as a platform to spread negativity about their friends and followers. Every time they have something bad to say they post it immediately and have a habit of bringing you down with them in the process. If you feel your mood dip after reading their posts- you need to stop them from entering your digital world.
Unfollow people you can’t remember: If you don’t know why you followed this person in the first place, you need to end your digital relationship. Even after doing a bit of research to see which friends you have in common and what they do for a living and you still don’t know why they appear on your feed- this is a sign that you no longer need to sustain this connection.
Unfollow people or brands that are no longer relevant in your life: Perhaps you have old work colleagues on your feed, people you went to school with or maybe you followed a brand at a particular point in your life but it no longer speaks to you. If this is the case, only follow people who are relevant to your life now and not ones that drag you back into your past- especially if it reminds you of a time in your life that you’d rather forget.
Unfollow people who hurt you: It’s possible you still have your ex on your social media after a bad break up or someone from work who made your life miserable at this point in your career- if so- you don’t need that reminder popping up in your feed every so often- it will only bring those feelings back to the surface. Leave them where they belong and move on.
Unfollow the perfectionists: Those who only post when something goes right in their life or those who like to gush about the highlights of their day. You can never measure up to those standards because they don’t exist- however seeing their posts makes you believe that they do on some level. This person is too risky to keep in your feed because they make you believe the impossible is true with filters and seductive words. Don’t subject yourself to such lies.
Journaling: If you have a lot of mental clutter that won’t go away, one of the best ways to free yourself of it is to write it all down- your worries, your negative thoughts, your wasted emotions and then ball up the paper and throw it away. No one has to see it and you don’t have to read it back, but get it down on paper and see this is a mental release... to read more click HERE
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