Why I did a Makeup Social Media & Stress Detox

social media detox

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Social media. One might say it’s an unpredictable monster. I have a love/hate relationship with it, and as each day goes by I’m moving away from it. But at the same time, I use it every day to keep in touch with those closest to me. I started to wonder if it was possible to do a social media detox for makeup artists that doesn’t involve completely cutting it out of your life?

“The biggest benefit has been the removal of negativity and unnecessary information. Some people who were, how do I say this in a nice way…annoying, were still occupying my mind long after I logged off of social media. – JasonDoesStuff.com

Taking a break from social media and the internet is a great thing to do but also pretty damn hard when we, as makeup artists, rely on these platforms to market ourselves and stay connected. So how can we reduce some of the anxiety caused by the endless social feeds?

The key is to filter. Rid yourself of the negative information you are consuming on a daily basis.

If you can’t remove the platforms from your life completely, simply go about filtering your feeds. Even small changes can affect your mind and mood. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

  • Use the ‘Unfollow for 30 days’ button on Facebook posts that don’t have a purpose 

  • Disable social media app notifications on your phone and limit your checking

  • Delete shortcuts/bookmarks on your computer that take you to those sites easily

  • Take a break from posting – learn to live without the validation

  • When you do post, be the person who chooses to post something positive

These platforms have given us a lot of wonderful things in the past, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t negatives. It just takes a little bit of thought and time to make your user experience a little more positive.

The Effect of Environmental Stress

Sometimes we don’t realise how the small stresses of daily life can build up into something that affects the way you work. Taking some time to identify the environmental stressors around you and learning how to handle them really can improve your overall health and wellbeing. It was something I ignored for a long time before realising that it was contributing to my chronic headaches. Small changes

+ Avoid stressful people unless necessary – keep interaction to a minimum of what your job requires. Look to positive people to bring you back up again. Negativity is draining.

+ Listen to calming music or podcasts on those early morning commutes, because there’s nothing more stressful than road rage and the anxiety of poor drivers around you. Distract yourself!

+ Reduce static noise as it presents itself in your life – this includes the noises your devices make, televisions, radio and even loud conversations from coworkers.

These noises create stressors that impede our abilities to think and ultimately create work and life solutions.  They also can take their toll over time on our moods and energy. Do what you can to reduce background and unwanted noise. – Sykes Group

It can sometimes be hard to see how such small things could cause a negative effect which is why it’s so important to figure out what the triggers are for environmental stress or anxiety. Take a break, use technology intentionally and focus on the vibes around you. How do you pull yourself out of a tech-exhausted slump?