How to Avoid Social Media Overwhelm During the Holidays
December 7, 2021
in Social Media
Social platform building can feel daunting to the soul. The commitment to post consistently, create content and try to keep up can feel like too much — especially during the holidays.
The holidays are a busy season for most of us. As a result, most of us find ourselves overwhelmed before it is all said and done. However, when we add in the demands of keeping up with writing and platform building, it can feel impossible to keep up.
Here are a few ways we can balance our social media lives this holiday season and keep the overwhelm to a minimum.
- Use a scheduling app and get ahead of the game. This is usually my go-to during the holiday season. I plan social media posts well in advance and schedule them to run, leaving my time flexible for me to focus on other things.
- Don’t be afraid to turn off social media for the season. At times we have to be willing to turn off social media occasionally. If it is a season when we cannot devote our best or when we need to focus on other areas, we may need to take a break from social media. It is OK to step away. In fact, you may be better for it in the long run.
- Focus on messages that matter. Maybe turning off social media doesn’t sound like something you can do, so maybe cutting back is a better option. We should always put thought and prayer into what we put online, and the holiday season is no exception. This may mean posting only a few times rather than multiple times a week. It may mean simply posting one time. You get to write the rules on what social media looks like for you.
- Listen to your audience. What are your readers and followers experiencing right now? What are their felt needs during this season? Listen to the conversations taking place, and speak into their needs. One post that meets the needs of our readers will always outweigh the mountain of noise online.
As we navigate busy seasons, we have to think about the words we are offering to our audiences. When we are burned out and stretched thin, it will be evident in what we post online. Giving words from a place of overwhelm won’t serve our audience well. Whatever steps you choose to take this season, don’t lose sight of what is most important — time spent with God and the ones around us who we love the most.
How do you balance social media and avoid overwhelm during the holidays? Share your best tips in the comments below!
Michelle Rabon is a wife and mom of three awesome kids. When she is not chasing or homeschooling her kids, she writes books, speaks at conferences and women’s events, and blogs. She is often writing in the middle of the mess and chaos of everyday life and looking for the gospel in the mundane. In her down time you can find her curled up with coffee and a good book, loving on her people, teaching Bible studies and working in her home church. Michelle has been writing and speaking for six years, authoring six books/resources to date, including her book Holy Mess. She loves speaking to women about God’s Word and how to engage it for themselves.
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This is a truth worthy of praying before posting, “When we are burned out and stretched thin, it will be evident in what we post online.”
May we pray for discernment regarding when it’s time to write or time to rest. I struggle with that balance.
Thank you for a great reminder!
“One post that meets the needs of our readers will always outweigh the mountain of noise online.”
This is a clear reminder for me as I look ahead to the holiday season and beyond when it comes to social media planning. Thank you, Michelle.