Earlier this week I asked other marketers to share their advice for coping with the effects of using social media all the time for work. I was hoping to uncover some wisdom that could teach me how to mitigate the “always-on” feeling that comes with being a social media manager, since my own approach to self-care with social media tends to mean not using it for fun or outside of work hours.
That’s what I really wanted to find out: Do others who use social media for a living still enjoy using it for fun? Is it possible to strike a balance?
And the short answer appears to be…No.
Turning off push notifications was a common approach.
Defending personal time was an issue for some.
While I was concerned about whether social could be fun again in my free time, I forgot that other social media managers feel pressure to monitor, update and attend to their accounts around the clock:
Some advice was super self-care-y:
But does anyone still think social is fun?
So I learned that I’m not the only marketer who feels blah about social media these days, and maybe that has to be okay. And as long as we can still find worthwhile accounts to follow, perhaps social media won’t seem like such a drag:
In conclusion: Follow cute dogs and turn off those notifications.