Are your social media habits causing you stress and anxiety?

Nearly all of us are experiencing an increase in stress and anxiety these days. At the same time, we’re also increasing the amount of information we’re receiving and sharing. The reality is we’re deep within an age of oversharing. At times it can seem that almost nothing is too trivial to be shared on some sort of social media platform. But is all this sharing really increasing our quality of living? Or are we really living our lives, or perhaps even someone else’s, through our tiny screens?

It’s definitely a question worth asking when you consider that on average most of us spend 2.8 hours a day on our mobile phones. Which adds up to a whopping 42.5 days a year!

We need to start becoming finer curators of our experiences. Of what we let into our consciousness and what we contribute to the world. Don’t get me wrong, sharing is a truly awesome thing. In fact, one of the most valuable things we can do is connect to other people. And I love Instagram as much as the next person. However, the trick is to gently question what the connections we’re making are all about. And whether what we’re sharing is of any value?

For example did your Instagram followers really need to see the second smoothie you made today? This time a green one artfully sprinkled with goji berries? Perhaps your energy might have been better spent mindfully sipping your smoothie rather than arranging those goji berries?

If any of this is ringing true for you, perhaps consider doing a little social media audit. Simply ask yourself two questions. What am I absorbing? And what am I contributing? The answers will help you in editing your social media interactions and ensure you consume and contribute only information and experiences of the highest grade.

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.