One of my main focuses for this year is to become more mindful of the content I consume. Most of us spend a decent amount of our free time online, whether that be watching videos, looking at photos, or reading people’s blogs, tweets, and even books. After a while, it can be hard to realize the effect the content you are consuming can have on you. So I thought I would share a few questions to ask yourself to see if the content you are consuming is serving you in a positive way!
If the content you follow on Instagram, Youtube, blogs, etc. makes you happy, then continue following it! But if you notice a certain account’s content doesn’t leave you feeling good after seeing it, then it may be best to say goodbye to it for the time being.
Online content can be the perfect place to get inspiration, so take note of what leaves you feeling inspired and what does not.
Overall it’s important to know what exactly you’re getting from the content you are following. Is it informing you, giving you inspiration, tips, or just simply makes you happy?
With there being so much negative news out there already in the world, there really isn’t a reason to follow any extra content that doesn’t leave you feeling a bit positive. Not everything will be positive and often times it’s great to see that other people feel the same way as you. But if almost everything someone posts is constantly negative, it may not be the best account to follow.
Now let’s be honest, there are a ton of things that might be considered a “better use of time” than watching a video or reading a blog, but if overall something brings you enjoyment than don’t stop doing it! But we only have so many hours, so be mindful of how you spend your time.
It’s easy to just be seeing someone’s content because you’ve been following them for a long time, but do you actually interact with it? This was what I did when I went through the Instagram accounts I followed that don’t follow me back. I realized there were a few that I wasn’t interacting with anymore and just continued following them because I had been for years. It’s 100% okay to unfollow anything at any time!
And those are some questions to ask yourself to help you be more mindful of the content you consume! For me personally, I spent the beginning of this year clearing out the Youtube channels I was subscribed to. I unsubscribed from anything that I wasn’t watching regularly and anything that didn’t leave me feeling happy after I watched it. All of the blogs I read are absolutely lovely and always inspire me, so I made no changes there. Clearing out what you follow online is needed from time to time!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!