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Be Present, Not Posting: Social Media Self-Care for the New School Year

August 30th, 2017

By Marli Abramowitz, AWARE® Intern

The start of the school year brings with it a flurry of back to school tweets, posts, and snaps. It’s become customary to take our phones with us everywhere and constantly scroll through what is on our screens, even if we're surrounded by other people we could be socializing with. It’s all too easy to get caught up in all the social media buzz and forget to be present. This school year, try out a few of these self-care tips to give yourself a much needed break from social media!

·         Get outside: Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather before it’s too cold. Try taking a walk, going to the pool, hiking, having a picnic, or other things.

·         Start a new book: Set aside some time to read for pleasure in between school reading assignments.

·         Get creative: Practice mindfulness through creative methods that don’t involve screens like painting, scrap booking, knitting, or coloring.

·         Hang with friends: Enjoy socializing and connecting with friends you may have missed over the summer. Keep your phone tucked away in your pocket so you can focus on your friends and not what’s happening online. Break out some board games to keep everyone engaged in some healthy competition.

Setting boundaries and taking a break from social media allows us to focus on and appreciate our offline happiness. Posts with photos of friends, family, and trips are nice, but being present to enjoy the memories being made in the moment is invaluable. 

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Posted by AWARE Team | Topic: Teens & Technology

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