Today is Thursday 4th July. Happy independence day to my American family and friends. Who relies on social media now for business or just communicating with your friends and family etc? Yep most of us. So it was interesting yesterday. I noticed mid afternoon that no images were downloading. Posts were getting through but no images or videos. At first like a lot of people I thought it was my WiFi then I thought it maybe my phone, so I rebooted and reset all the settings but to no avail. So then I googled, was facebook down and sure enough Mr Google informed me that Facebook, Instagram and What’s App were all experiencing difficulties at this time. Did I panic No!. Did I do a post informing everyone what they already knew. No! What I did do is I posted on all the social media that I use that due to technical issues I was unable to post adverts this evening however, if you would like to know more about me and the services I offer please visit my website at www.jonadkin.com. and then I put down my phone. Yep I put down my phone and I picked up …….wait for it……… a book. Yes I actually picked up a book and started to read.
Now that you are over that shock (Yes I can read) How did you or your family react? I think it’s sad that our lives seem to revolve around social media these days. I’m fortunate to live near Cambridge A lovely picturesque town, but the amount of times I go there no and just see people walking along neck bent, head down looking at their phones. They are walking past some of the most impressive architecture in the UK. Who knows they may even have walked past their love of their life. On the river Cam you can go punting and some of the students will be your guide and tell you all about the beautiful buildings that you punt past. Many times have I stood on the bridge that the punts pass under, only to see complete families who have paid for this excursion not even looking up from thier phones. The poor student is doing his best to engage them but to no avail. Facebook, What’s App and snap chat are winning hands down. People there is a whole world out there. look up and enjoy it.
Now I know that if you are a business owner you may rely on adverts on social media and nights like last night can be a major problem, but why? Social media is just one way of advertising. It is not the only way. I bet you paid £100s possibly £1000s on getting your website up and running. Did you promote it last night? It could have been a golden opportunity. All those people getting withdrawal symptoms from not seeing videos or images. It’s so easy to be come reliant on one media that you forget that you have all these other resources at your fingertips.
If I’m honest I actually enjoyed last night. Yes I picked up the phone occasionally to see if the problem was sorted, but in the main I read and I actually spoke to other people in my house. (They seem like nice people)
Here are suggestions for you that you could do instead of spending all your time on your mobile.
Look Up: Put the phone down. You don’t really need to be on it. Instead of walking around staring down at your phone, look up and smile at someone. You’ll be surprised how many people will actually smile back.
Get some exercise: Find something active that you like to do. Play a pick-up game of football with your mates, take a jog on a local trail, go to a Zumba class, go on a walk around your area. Exercise is the best way to clear your mind and you’ll feel so much better about yourself after!
Have a conversation: No more “what’s up,” “nm,” “ttyl.” Imagine how much better you could get to know someone if you actually had a conversation with them in real life.
Invite friends over for a meal: Who doesn’t love food? You might not be the best cook, but anybody can heat up some frozen hamburgers and buy a carton of ice cream. And that girl you know who always posts food pics on Instagram… yeah invite her too. You might have a stomachache after, but it’ll all be worth it in the long run.
Find a hobby: Find something you love to do and go pursue it! Photography, crafting, collecting sports memorabilia, whatever it may be – go try it out!
Get lost in a book: You never know what you might learn. Maybe you’ll even discover you want to write a book yourself. Wanna get lost in a really good book? Check out Can I Change
Treat Yourself: You deserve to treat yourself. You probably treat yourself already, but go ahead and treat yourself again. Get that ice cream cone. Make it two scoops, actually three. Go to the shops and spend a little money on yourself. You finally put your phone away, so I would say you deserve it.
Do that one thing you’ve been meaning to do for ages: You know exactly what one thing you need to do. It’s the thing you keep putting off and there’s no better time to do it then now.
You got this. Don’t make your phone more important than the more important things in this life. Live a little more than you have been. Put the phone down. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Until next time.
I am a hypnotherapist based in Haverhill, Suffolk and I cover Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge. I’m here to help you to work through life’s challenges and get back your confidence and self belief.