Social Media and Bipolar Disorder

social media and bipolar disorder

I know the title of this post is “Social Media and Bipolar Disorder”.  However, most of my thoughts can extend to those without a mental illness.  I just thought I would throw that out there. 😉

 

I created The Bipolar Battle this year in April of 2017.  At the time, I was taking an online course about how to make a blog.  During my online education, I learned the importance of utilizing social media to drive traffic to my own blog.

 

I have never been a fan of social media.  In fact, I thought I had deleted my Facebook account and did nothing online for about a year.

 

Through my journey, I have learned the importance of social media.  The big word I try to always adhere to is MODERATION.

 

My Dad hammered the idea of moderation into my psyche.  Having Bipolar Disorder, moderation is my friend and ally.

 

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Now, back to the discussion of social media.

 

Just like anything else, too much of anything can be a bad thing.  I am sure you have learned that even too much of a good thing can be detrimental.

 

It is quite easy to get on the computer and check all your different social media accounts.  Minutes can easily turn in to hours.  If you do not watch yourself, it is easy to spend a whole day on social media without ever feeling like you got anything accomplished.  Like anything else in life, you can find yourself quickly addicted.

 

With a blog, I have accounts on all the popular social media platforms.  To keep my time productive, I am trying to figure out the best posting schedule that aligns with my life.  I have tried countless variations of a schedule and I have still not mastered this.  However, I have cut out a large portion of wasted and unnecessary time in my life.

 

Disclaimer:  I am not supporting one social media platform over another.

 

I have chosen to focus on Twitter because you can post more and create sincere relationships.  This is huge because my blog is about the empowerment of individuals with Bipolar Disorder so they can live the life they deserve.  Twitter provides the creation of a community along with friendships.  It is a great platform to support my blog.

 

I also utilize Facebook, but I have found the younger crowd does not enjoy it like they used to.  Still, I can create relationships with others and Fan Pages to support my endeavors.

 

I have found that scheduling my social media time is the best way to organize my time.  Also, I do not have a data plan on my phone so I do not check my phone while I am out.  This cuts back on the time I spend on my various social media accounts.

 

In summary:

 

1) I have determined how many days a week I would like to be on my computer
2) The times are scheduled in my calendar
3) The scheduled times are in blocks
4) I fall back on the idea of moderation
5) Too much of anything can be bad

 

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog post.  It means the world to me!

 

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please comment below or e-mail me at john@thebipolarbattle.com

 

Until next time, take care of yourself! 🙂