Posted by: Rabab Shahzad 8 July, 2019

Beware and mindful of social media use

Don’t let social media control you, control it!

I upload a new piece of art on my instagram, constantly returning for a quick check on the likes and comments I have received, my engagement is low… and so is my creative self esteem as an artist.

Haven’t we all fallen into this trap of despair at some point in our journey as creators? Some of us are currently struggling with negative feelings.. Comparing, overanalyzing and judging art that comes from the heart.

But YAR, I am here to tell you that it is time to stop measuring our worth up against trending topics and standards set by robotic algorithms. It’s time to be consciously mindful of social media use.

But how?

1) Setting a purpose

I constantly remind myself that instagram is a portal through which I share my work with the world and so, it shouldn’t be affecting my creative process. Constantly remind yourself that you are on a solitary journey of enjoying your craft. Distance yourself from any expectations that you may have placed on yourself for e.g: creating art about a certain topic, using a certain color scheme or style because it is celebrated. Rather- close your eyes, clear your mind and simply question yourself ‘’Why am I creating art?

Is it to express, polish my skills, practice, let go of my feelings or is it to gain an audience, likes, followers and reposts? Social media popularity is tangible and temporary, It does not bring the fulfillment that making art for its own sake does.

2) Going on a cleaning spree

Admit it, we are all secretly obsessing over some instagram pages despite knowing that our guilty pleasure is toxic. While, it is okay to seek inspiration from other artists. Some profiles may be doing the opposite, because we can’t stop judging ourselves against them. Well my friend, let go! Unfollow. Nobody posts the lows- the crumpled balls of paper because we didn’t like the end results, deleted files and messed up creative processes. You are learning and growing. Just don’t give up and you will be the next *inserts your guru’s name*!

3) Limiting time

The greatest problems we face today is excessive social media use. The clock is ticking and I can’t stop scrolling. Nonetheless, it is so important to take a break. We need to free leave space to think happy thoughts, meditate, hang out with nature for the inspiration to come. When we keep looking at what someone else is accomplishing (so many art works in a row when I haven’t even picked up a pencil for days) we tend to doubt our ability to create.
But remember YAR, you don’t have to put out content to be content. Take all the time you need, this is not a race.

Thats it from me folks,

Let the journey of healthy social media use begin!

Beware and mindful of social media use