Imagine living on soda, cake and ice cream for the rest of your life. The first hour might be exciting, especially if you have an ice cream addiction like me… But by the second or third day, you would probably be feeling sick in both mind and body (and teeth!). After eating copious amounts of sugar I become prone to breakouts, my self-esteem suffers, and I become extremely vulnerable to feelings of worthlessness. I desperately crave something different.
Every time we scroll through our social media feeds, we’re filling up on sugar without sustenance.
We get lost in the mindlessness – the opposite of mindfulness. When we look up, two hours have passed. Social media has made that kind of consumption the norm. We regularly disassociate from our reality and become entranced by other people’s pictures of their lives. SeeKindness wants to change that.
SeeKindness offers a different way to access self-worth, validation, and self-esteem.
Instead of likes and follows, what if we could be recognized by others for doing acts of kindness? Just reading other users’ acts of kindness can improve your mood and inspire you to do something kind for someone else. Scrolling on SeeKindness for 20 minutes is a meditation on kindness and authenticity in a world so focused on the material. If we imagine social media as a sugary buffet, imagine SeeKindness as a platter of fruits: still sweet but without the artificial flavourings of Photoshop or Facetune.
Getting lost in the sugar of social media is easy. There is so much content created for our consumption and distraction. SeeKindness offers something different: a way to consume media mindfully and with purpose.
This is not to say everyone should delete their social media apps, but rather think about what a healthy and balanced social media diet looks like for you.
Maybe it means posting an act of kindness once a day. Just like with our own personal diets and regimens, you will have to find what works for you. For me, that means being aware of how much news I read. And being mindful when I start going down dark alleys on Wikipedia. It also means limiting my time on Twitter and Facebook.
If you have not heard of doomscrolling, be wary. It is a real thing that can have a significant impact on your mental health. Searching the web for the latest news on COVID-19, accessing a vaccine, and researching statistics and theories on what’s happening in politically unstable places has not helped my anxiety, stress or depression. In fact, it has done the opposite.
But becoming mindful of how I spend my time on my phone and on the web has helped tremendously. Plus, reading SeeKindness posts before bed or meditating reduces some of my anxiety.
Finally, knowing that SeeKindness exists and that there are vast amounts of kindness and good in this world also helps.