If you’re a social media manager, content creator, or small business owner, you likely spend a lot of time on Instagram.
And while the app is great for building a community and making sales, it can, too put a strain on your mental health.
Fortunately, there are some Instagram tools and features that can help you keep your sanity at work and create a more mindful digital space.
Mental Health At Work: 8 Ways To Create A More Mindful Experience On Instagram
It can be difficult to strike a balance when using Instagram for work.
We know all too well how the time spent scrolling, replying to DMs, and responding to comments can easily add up.
And the Social media burnout is real – Dr. Michaela Dunbar from @myeasytherapy describes it as “the type of online fatigue that can occur when you spend too much time on social networks.”
Thankfully, we’ve found some Instagram features and tools that can help you unplug and create a more mindful space:
- Mute push notifications on Instagram
- Plan your Instagram content in advance
- Manage your time on Instagram
- Block offensive comments
- Delete multiple comments at once
- Choose who can mention or tag you
- Restrict (or block) hateful accounts
- Unfollow (or mute) accounts that you don’t feel good about
# 1: mute push notifications on Instagram
Need a break from Instagram notifications?
You can use Instagram’s mute feature to turn off push notifications like likes, comments, tags, DMs, and more.
Go to your Instagram settings, select “Notifications” and enable “Pause All” to silence notifications between 15 minutes and 8 hours.
When the time expires, your notifications return to their normal settings – no need to reset them. This means that after some well-deserved downtime, you can easily get back to work.
NOTE: Notifications will still appear when you open the Instagram app. So take a break if you really want to unplug it!
# 2: plan your Instagram content in advance
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Plus, you can be “online” when the best time to post without actually having to log into the Instagram app.
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# 3: manage your time on Instagram
Whether you’re replying to comments or looking for new leads, it’s easy to spend hours a day on Instagram.
Fortunately, the Daily Reminder tool can help you understand how much time you’re spending on the app and manage your time more efficiently:
Lindsay AshcraftLater’s social media coordinator uses this feature to set boundaries and restrict the use of her phone outside of working hours.
“I set social screen time limits on my phone for a healthy work-life balance and leave my phone at home when I go for a weekend walk.”
Here are some of their favorite off-screen activities:
# 4: block offensive comments
Offensive comments can seriously affect your sanity at work – especially if they’re directed at you or your company.
To counter the rise in bullying, Instagram has implemented various moderation tools, including blocking offensive words.
To access the tool, go to the “Privacy” page in your settings menu and click on “Comments”.
Here you can:
- Choose who to allow comments from.
- Block comments from specific accounts. Any new comments from people you block will only be visible to them. However, this does not apply to paid ads.
- Automatically hide offensive comments.
- Manually filter comments that contain certain words, phrases or emojis from your posts, stories, roll, and Live broadcasts.
# 5: Delete multiple comments at once
As a social media manager, it’s part of the job to protect your community from negative interactions.
And while we encourage open and honest conversations on social media, trolling doesn’t serve anyone.
Because of this, Instagram created the option to do this Bulk delete comments.
This tool allows you to identify or counter comments that are on trolls territory Instagram’s Community Guidelinesyou can quickly delete them and continue.
You can also take advantage of it The pinned comments from Instagram Function that helps you moderate.
Pinning testimonials, engagement starters, or an FAQ with your answer can help fight spam or trolls as they are listed in the comments below.
Note that deleting accountable comments is different from deleting hateful comments.
Responding to the former gives you an opportunity to illustrate transparency, reaffirm your values, and humanize your business.
# 6: Choose who can mention or tag you
You can now choose who can mention or flag you in comments, captions, stories, and live broadcasts.
Instagram released this feature to tackle it Online bullying on the platformand acknowledges that tags and mentions can be used negatively.
“We saw that tags and mentions can be used to target or bully others, so we’re introducing new controls to help you manage who can tag or mention you on Instagram.”
You can choose to allow mentions and tags of Everyone, People You Follow, or Nobody.
# 7: Limit Hateful Accounts
If there’s an account that consistently gives your comments and DMs a negative or spammy vibe (but you don’t want to hit the block button), you can use it the Restrict tool.
After restricting an account, comments on your posts from that person will need your consent before others can see them. Your messages will also be sent to a different inbox so you can manage them separately.
How is this different from blocking an account entirely?
in the an interview with NPRInstagram’s Adam Mosseri stated that after speaking with teenagers, they discovered two things:
- Blocking a tyrant can often escalate the situation.
- If you block a bully, you will no longer be able to see what the person is saying – and you will lose the ability to keep track of what is happening.
But if you want to block someoneJust follow the steps to restrict an account and tap “Block” instead.
And to go one step further, Instagram recently announced A new feature that allows you to preventively block all new accounts created by someone. As soon as someone is banned, they will be banned for good.
# 8: Stop following (or mute) accounts that you don’t feel good about
As someone who uses social media for work, you likely have more than one Instagram account – the one you manage and your own.
This can double the time you spend online. Hence, it is important to pay attention to the content that you are consuming.
Do a quick check of who you are following: Do they match your values? Are you involved in a comparison game?
Curate your social media feed full of accounts and people to inspire you, teach you something new, make you laugh, and most importantly – make you feel good.
If you are unable to unfollow someone due to work duties, use the mute button to free up some space without losing the connection.
All eight of these tools can help you create a more mindful digital space. However, it is important to check in with yourself daily (or weekly).
Setting boundaries, pausing screens, and seeking assistance when you need them are all steps we can take to protect our sanity at work (and at home).
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Monique is a content marketer at Later who enjoys helping brands define their language and content strategy. She can usually be found sipping matcha or adding another book to her ever-growing TBR list. Say hello on Instagram – @wordsbymonique