Ditch Social Media & Join These Wellness Platforms Instead

There many apparent benefits to being active on social media, like promoting your brand, staying in touch with friends and family or stalking Scarlett Johansson. But as Cal Newport points out in his TEDx talk, the case for quitting social media is even greater.

Why should you quit social media?

Among other things, social media can cause depression, make you question your self-worth, promote procrastination and inhibit connection with the outside world. While it has the potential for good, most people use it as an outlet for their passive aggressive gripes.

Dear person sitting next to me on the bus, you clearly need a lesson in personal space!! #toodamnclose

We’ve all seen those status updates on Facebook, right? Apart from not solving the problem (obviously), they’re just clogging up your timeline and your brain with unnecessary information.

Speaking from personal experience, quitting social media makes you happier and more productive. If you’re not ready to ditch it completely, at least make an effort to reduce the amount of time you spend there.

Join a wellness platform instead.

One way to do this is by finding a platform where you can connect with like-minded people and avoid the negativity that’s become synonymous with social media. That way, you still get to make friends, share and glean information and even make a difference.

Which wellness platform you opt for obviously depends on your personal goals and interests. I’ll share three of my favorites to give you an idea of what’s out there.

Online Wellness Platforms

1. Optimize

I’ll start with my absolute favorite. Founded by Brian Johnson, Optimize is the place to be if personal growth and actualizing your potential are high on your list of priorities.

After taking two years off to read a ton of books and earn a Phd in Philosophy, Brian has since made it his mission to help people optimize their lives. An avid student of all the great philosophers, he seamlessly integrates ancient wisdom with modern science.

If that sounds too highbrow for you, not to worry. Brian is a master at dispensing wisdom in way that’s practical, smart, fun and inspiring. Most importantly, you can immediately apply it in your own life.

The free option gives you access to the plus one of the day as well as some of the Master Classes and Philosophers Notes. You do have to become a member to join Oasis (their social platform), but it’s more than affordable and totally worth the outlay.

Depending on which payment option you choose, you could be pay as little as $7.99 per month. If you have the money, lifetime access will cost you just $399.99 once-off.

That said, even if all you do is watch Brian’s daily +1, your life is guaranteed to improve exponentially. (Provided of course, that you act on the information.)

2. DaoCloud

DaoCloud only came onto my radar quite recently, but already I’m loving the platform. If you’re looking for guidance on your wellness journey, DaoCloud is where you’ll find it. Billed as the world’s largest community of wellness enthusiasts and professionals, the platform helps connect you with holistic health professionals in your area.

It doesn’t end there, though. They have a wide range of expert articles to browse, and there’s also the opportunity to engage with fellow wellness enthusiasts. If you’re someone who geeks out on all things wellness, it’s definitely the place to hang out.

After you sign up, you can create a profile and choose which topics you’d like to follow (e.g. inflammation, food as medicine, etc.), each of which has a resources section, community feed and a list of relevant practitioners.

You can also follow community members and they can follow you. This is a great way to exchange information, because just like other social platforms, you have the opportunity to share things you think would be of value.

Best of all, membership is completely free. You only have to pay to join if you’re a practitioner, which makes sense since you’re in the perfect space to market your services.

It looks like most of the health professionals listed are based in the United States, but there’s value in becoming a member even if you live elsewhere. For one thing, you get to be a part of a like-minded community, where people share the kind of information you’re invariably interested in.

3. Care2.com

No roundup of wellness platforms would be complete without Care2.com. The world’s largest social network for good, Care2 was founded with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place.

Here you’ll find over 45 million like-minded people working towards progress, standing together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. For almost two decades Care2 has been a pioneer in online advocacy, connecting people who want to make a difference in the world.

I love how they’re not afraid to take a stand. If you’re a bigot, bully, willfully ignorant or generally mean, they unabashedly tell you to move right along.

If you’re a humanitarian, animal lover, feminist, rabble-rouser, nature buff, creative, naturally curious or really love to do the right thing, then you’re their people. You Care. They Care2.

Joining the Care2 community provides a platform to share the causes that are important to you. You can create petitions, make friends, join groups, take daily action and much more. There’s even the opportunity to earn credits, which you can donate to a worthy cause.

There you have it, three really cool places to hang out that are good for your soul and won’t bring down your mood, either. If you’re still on the fence about quitting social media, do yourself a favor and watch Cal Newport’s TEDx talk at the top of this page.

Otherwise, just commit to spending less time on your smartphone and more time on yourself. Whichever wellness platform you decide to try out, here’s to optimizing the heck out of your life.

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55 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

Thanks

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Euge L
Euge Lu4 months ago

thanks

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Hannah K
Hannah K4 months ago

Thank you

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Shirley P
Shirley Plowman5 months ago

SO MANY THANKS FOR THIS, ITS SURELY COME INTO ITS TIME!!!!!!

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Danuta W
Danuta W5 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Mia G
Past Member 5 months ago

thanks for posting

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Greta L
Greta L6 months ago

Good ideas.

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Trish K
Trish K6 months ago

This social media is so much healthier with the feeling that you are doing good one click at a time. FB is for family photos and vacations.

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith6 months ago

care 2 is on social media!

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Sandra V
Sandra Vito6 months ago

Thanks

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