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How to avoid social comparison on social media

I was watching Professor Laurie Santos as part of her Science of Well-Being course on Coursera, where she talks about how to deal with social comparison. She takes a dim view of social media, encouraging students to delete social media apps from their phones, or at least give it up for a week to see… Continue reading How to avoid social comparison on social media

Why I won’t be after a fresh start in 2020

It’s the New Year. That means fresh starts, resetting your life and coming up with new goals, right? But this year (decade!) I won’t be looking for a fresh start. Instead, I will continue building on what I've learned about myself over the past decade and build on growing my strengths and managing negative behaviours.… Continue reading Why I won’t be after a fresh start in 2020

My digital wellness journey – a personal review of 2019

In late 2016, I gave up the internet for two months. In 2017, I vowed to find a “digital-life balance” as my New Year’s Resolution. But it takes longer than a year to reform entrenched habits and expectations. Since then, I’ve been focusing on changing my habits in a sustainable way. It is an ongoing… Continue reading My digital wellness journey – a personal review of 2019

6 simple ways to reduce stress in your digital life

1. Avoid competitive and comparative spaces in your leisure time Social media is built on social comparison: lifestyle, looks, number of followers, number of likes, professional accomplishments. You may always feel the desire to compete. We can often forget that features such as likes and followers are artificial and deliberate design choices to get us… Continue reading 6 simple ways to reduce stress in your digital life

How to resist millennial burnout in a 24/7 culture

Whether it's side hustle culture, a high pressure job that makes it difficult for you to boundaries or the pressure to perform for other people on social media, you may feel you're at risk of burnout. It doesn't help that burnout as a lifestyle is romanticised by entrepreneurial Instagram memes, co-working spaces and the obsession… Continue reading How to resist millennial burnout in a 24/7 culture

Recovering your sense of creativity in an age of metrics

Self-expression has always been one of the joys of the internet. But as social media has evolved to centre around likes, views, followers and stats, you may find it difficult to express yourself without feeling crushed every time a post does not do as well as you want. But over the past couple of years,… Continue reading Recovering your sense of creativity in an age of metrics

How to use social media for your side hustle without demolishing your self-esteem

If you are working on a side hustle that you’re passionate about, it can be difficult to separate your self-esteem from your project when you use social media.  You may find yourself obsessed with checking your stats for new followers, likes and web traffic.  You may hurt like hell whenever you put hours into something… Continue reading How to use social media for your side hustle without demolishing your self-esteem