MINDFUL SOCIAL MEDIA

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By Lisa Price

If you wish to practice ‘mindful’ communication when engaging in social media, try these 5 tips:

Tip 1 – When you sit down to look at your social media apps, take time to bring yourself into the moment with 3 deep breaths.

Tip 2 – When you read a comment or see a post that makes you angry or upset, resist the urge to react. Stop. Breathe. Breathe again. Then if you feel the need to respond do so, if not move on.

Tip 3 – When engaging with a discussion on social media stop and ask yourself: are you offering knowledge or an unqualified opinion?

Tip 4 – Think about what you write by keeping the Buddhist principle of ‘Right Speech’ in mind: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it helpful?

Tip 5 – Remember it is not just you and your device; there is another emotional, feeling being at the other end.

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