lifestyle

Social Media Vacation

One of the misconceptions we find with M.I.N.T is that people think we are going to advise them to get rid of social media altogether. While we know the pitfalls of social media, we also know and understand the importance of social media for personal connection, as well as businesses. I think of Alexa as the poster child of the use of social media in order to develop her business and more importantly, her message and her dream.

But have you ever taken a vacation from social media? What I mean by that is to not deal with social media for a full day or week or month. 2 years ago, I did not deal with social media as a practice of mindfulness, as well as a spiritual connection to my belief system. While difficult, there was several benefits, most importantly my connection to my children. I also called people and chatted about them and not happenings.

As I prepare for a week off to be with my children, I want to remain in the moment with them. So for the next week, I will get on social media a maximum of 5 times. My goal is to make those interactions related to my business or to connect to friends who have messaged me, not to check the happenings, the pictures, etc. I really want to stay in the moment and realize how beautiful life is.

I also want to realize that in life, we don’t have much else but the moment. Social media makes us look at the past or the future but it keeps us from the moment we are living right now. I want to be with my kids, not “Jane” and her pictures from her shoot. I want to discuss the last thing we saw together with my kids and have fun with it, not disagree at length with someone I barely know.

So for the next week, you want to connect, send me a personal message at stevebissonlmhc@gmail.com and let’s talk about you, me but not others, situations, or your work. All we have is today. Live it!

13 Reasons Why

What is the latest and greatest show around right now? 13 Reasons Why. Here we list the Reasons Why (corny but cute) we love this show!

1. Parents Vs. Teens

- We love the difference between parents and teens in this show. Most parents didn't have social media when they were in school, so they didn't witness how much social media can truly affect a young adults.

2. Talking

- Many suicides occur because people don't start talking. If we could get more young adults to talk to a therapist, their friends, or even family, they wouldn't feel as alone. You can always get through something with someone else, even though it may not feel like it.

3. The Power of a Picture

- The main character, Hannah, felt victimized and became depressed from a "sext" that circulated of her. She wasn't even naked, nor had she been having a sexual relationship with the boy, yet kids believed this one picture. It's hard to know what someone will do with a picture they take of you, but always keep your wits about you.

4. Where Will We Be in Five Years?

- 13 Reasons Why premiered at a perfect time, because parents and young adults are slowly beginning to realize how social media can truly make or break someone. But it also makes us think- where will this generation, and new generations, be in a few years from now?

5. Can You Stop It?

- The real question is can you prevent this to happening to someone you love? Do you know the symptoms? Do you know someone who you feel may do something like this?

If you do, please tell someone. Please alert someone you know, or sit down and talk to the person. You may not be able to help them, but you can tell them that you will always be there to listen. No problem or sadness is worth ending your life over.

Our Ethics

Us at M.I.N.T. stand for a few things. Here's some Monday inspiration and guidance to get you through your week!

1. We stand with Planned Parenthood

Our team doesn't have any issues supporting this cause. With a President in office who doesn't believe in many of the topics we believe in, it's important that more people start standing up for their rights. We are trying to reduce the stigma around mental health, AND supporting the causes you believe in.

2. We stand with teens taking over

The past few years have revolutionized how people view teens. In the past, teens weren't given nearly the time of day that adults were, but now, teens are running the game. Millennials are writing for the top magazines, learning how to pitch the minute they're born (literally) and following their dreams. That's what we like to see!

3. Mental health issues are not your fault

There is a stigma around mental health issues that we are trying to reduce. But many people still blame the person with mental health issues, stating that it's "there problem" or "their issue" when it actually isn't. About 1/25 adults in the United States face mental health issues, and instead of blaming, be a friend for whoever you know is facing some issues. You may be able to help them overcome them.

4. Teens need M.I.N.T.

We're a bit biased, but from our research, teens need M.I.N.T. Teens need to hear about their bodies, their wellness, and their lives. We believe strongly in opening up the discussion on health to teens, and we need your help to continue pursuing our passion to make every teen fall in love with who they are.

Happy Monday!

Internet vs. Real Life

When we speak at a school, many people ask us if we think they should stop using social media altogether. Some of our technique may come across that way, but rarely do we ever suggest people stop using social media. For Steve and I, social media has helped grow our businesses drastically. Without the power of the Internet, we wouldn't be where we are today. We also wouldn't have our own experiences with social media and mental health.

Much of what you see on the web isn't real. From photoshopped images in magazines and media, to people altering their bodies using apps like FaceTune, how can you figure out what is real and what's not real nowadays? We try hard to show teens the difference between one of the pictures above compared to what they see on a magazine cover. The difference is shocking, and disappointing, for many young adults who are learning to love who they are. 

When you try to compare yourself to someone else, you simply stop yourself from accepting who you are. Instead of trying to look like a girl on a magazine cover, realize that that girl has her own struggles, too. Everyone has something- but you usually won't know what someone else is struggling with unless they tell you. 

Our suggestion? Use the Internet wisely, and don't get too obsessed with the image that you might feel like you have to portray.

Be yourself- you're always good enough.