You log into your favorite social media site and see a message saying that you have been banned. Panic takes over when you realize that this means there will be no more updates with the latest news from your followers and friends. Well, you are not alone.
When my account was hacked, Facebook disabled me on all of their platforms due to security concerns. I felt that a large part of my life, my identity, was gone. Missing. I was afraid of not being able to keep in touch with the people that were important to me. It felt like a near death experience, especially for my business: How will I reach out to my followers and share information about my services? My followers were not many, but they included people who were ideal clients. It seemed like a big disaster for my business.
Then I realized: the only person who can take away my social life and my business is myself . So instead of feeling sorry for myself and being mad at Facebook (which does nothing), I took a deep breath and started looking for other ways to stay connected without being ruled by algorithms and hackers.
She was determined to survive and thrive during this social media veto. This is what I did and what you can do if it happens to you.
1.Read a book
There are ways to find comfort during a social media ban, like reading your favorite novel or flipping through magazines. I find it really refreshing when my phone doesn’t constantly ring in front of me, which also makes reading more enjoyable. Reading is one of the best things you can do to increase your writing skills and improve your vocabulary. Then plan your return by writing posts in richer and more eloquent language.
An added bonus: Your brain will thank you for not being overloaded with information throughout the day, with social media posts about what people ate for breakfast this morning.
When scrolling through Instagram, it can be difficult to stay in the present. This is a good time to take a deep breath, do yoga, or just sit quietly and think about what you want for yourself without external distractions. I have been meditating for a few years and it has really helped me stay steady and balanced. A period of exile on social media is an excellent opportunity for self-reflection, which can be really helpful when you’re trying to figure out your life purpose or just connect with your dreams. Meditation will help you get out of your own head and see what is going on around you.
You will begin to notice how the veto has made life easier and your brain more creative than ever, due to all that free space.
And don’t forget about exercise either because while it is not possible to show your abs on Instagram, you will feel better about yourself and have more energy to get things done. If you disconnect and exercise, you will increase your self-esteem, your mood and your physical and mental health.
The benefits of these activities are so great that they should be part of your daily routine anyway, but now is the time for them!
3. Interact with your audience
Being banned on social media will give you the opportunity to have real conversations with people who want a face-to-face chat over a cup of coffee, either in person or via Zoom. Use this time as an opportunity to connect to your network using channels that you may have neglected before. Remember, a social media ban is not the end of your social life. Interact with people in person, on a video call or via text message (remember them?).
4. Listen to your inner voice
One of the best ways to get over getting banned on social media is to listen carefully and do whatever feels right for you. Stay happy: It is important to be positive , even when you feel depressed. This offline time can bring clarity and allow you to be yourself again, without having to prove anything to anyone in the online space . Stay true to yourself and thank the people who are in your life with open arms, no matter what happens on social media.
5. Connect by email
An email list is the most important asset for any business. If you’ve ignored your email list, now is the time to get connected by sending updates, sharing blog posts, or even just checking in .
The best way to start is by using a service like Mailchimp or Constant Contact. They have templates that are easy to set up – no design skills required! And the great thing about this option is that even people who are not on social media can keep in touch with you by signing up for your newsletters or updates.
6. Create ‘evergreen’ content
Let’s face it, social media posts have a short lifespan. So why not create a blog, videos, or podcast with timeless content and upload it to your own platform? Your audience can return to your site at any time in the future, so you don’t have to worry about losing your valuable content.
Publish each post on your website and share them on other platforms such as Medium, LinkedIn, and Quora, to reach an even wider audience. So you can share messages that are important to you and reflect your skills without having the pressure to post regularly or be active all day online, such as on social media platforms.
7. Expand your network
Create a social media account on alternative platforms like Gab, Clubhouse, or Reddit. These networks are less popular and have a lower number of users than platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but they may be more suitable for your audience and can help you establish a connection with your ideal customer. Now is a good time to browse new platforms and learn about their operations. The veto in social networks is something common, especially if you are an influencer or you’ve been in the spotlight recently for content that has gone viral. The best way to survive a social media ban is to not solely rely on one company.
Social media are powerful tools for connecting with your audience and building relationships, but they are also great for disconnecting yourself from the world around you and from yourself. It is important to take time for yourself and do the things that you really enjoy.
When it happened to me, I read a book. I meditated and picked up my phone to start a conversation with my friends and family. I listened to my inner voice and released the anger I felt. It was really nice taking time for myself without the distractions of social media. And now when people ask me how I’m doing, they can see what’s going on with their eyes and feel it with their heart, instead of just reading it online. This has given me more freedom than ever. My life did not change; In reality, nothing has changed: Facebook is still there. But now there are also other ways that I can co-create my life with the moments and people that I love. This veto has taught me to value and be grateful for the things that I have in my life. A true blessing in disguise.