You have permission to quiet the people and things that don’t serve you.
– KEYS SOULCARE
There are so many ways we can care for ourselves, from the people we surround ourselves with, to what we consume on TV, to how we use social media. Sometimes, deciding what’s best to keep around can feel tricky. The good news is that you have the power to take in what serves you, and leave the rest behind. Here are a few things that we’re giving ourselves permission to put on mute when we need to, plus resources to help you keep up the great work.
1. Less-than-great relationships
The people we spend our time with have the power to influence everything from our outlook to our habits, so having the right ones around is key. We’re taking a quality-over-quantity approach to our relationships in order to keep us in good spirits. When you’re able to lighten the emotional load of relationships that aren’t healthy, you can make space for better connections
That said, ending a less-than-awesome relationship is never easy. To help, Thrive Global has plenty of tips for handling this sticky situation.
2. Social Media
In an increasingly digital world, the pull to social media (and its promise to keep us connected to friends or professional networks) is inevitable. Unfortunately, studies show that the overuse of social media platforms can lead to depression, anxiety, and a host of mental health risks. This is a place where you can literally press mute on the content and people that don’t make you feel good. Consider ways to taper what you’re taking in — and for how long — with a few of these helpful tips from Self.
3. The News
This has been a year of headlines like we’ve never seen. While keeping tabs on the changes of the world will help you stay safe and informed, we also have to be even more vigilant about protecting our spirits from the constant inundation of bad news. Very Well Mind recommends setting some time to connect consciously with current events, without letting it consume your day and brain space.
Let us know what you’re putting on mute these days.