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How To Do an Online Personality Overhaul

Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63

Your online life may have more to do with your day-to-day than you realize.

If you’re ready to make some healthy changes in your lifestyle, don’t leave out your internet presence. Your online personality may include social media, online dating, professional network sites, fitness or weight loss communities and more.

If your personal lifestyle and wellness include reducing stress, making a better connection with the important people in your life and tuning back into your natural state of health here are a few things to consider when it comes to your online life.

Email

Is a great way to communicate, but there is a lot lost in translation so to speak. You can improve your online experience by learning how to communicate better in your emails. There is much to be misunderstood when you can’t read facial expressions, or physical cues. So when sending an email to friends, family, co workers, health care providers or anyone else you need to send important messages to, try to communicate as clearly as you can. Here are a few e-mail etiquette rules to follow:

  • It’s ok to be informal, but use proper grammar and punctuation, or your message can get lost.
  • Keep your messages brief. So many people have tons of emails to weed through, so getting to the point can be helpful.
  • Don’t use all caps unless you want to highlight a point. Otherwise, people feel like you’re yelling.
  • Be courteous. Eventhough they can’t see you, they can deficiently perceive manners. So don’t be so blunt that you forget to be polite.
  • Use a signature. This ends the conversation, and makes it a more formal way of communicating if you can’t be there face to face.
  • Don’t avoid a real conversation by using an email.

Social Media works to keep in touch with people you don’t get to see often, and is also a way to attract people. But that can go either way. You don’t want to attract the wrong types of people with your social media profile. So in general here are a few Do’s and Don’t  for social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites safely and effectively.

  • Do edit your emotional baggage before you post it online.
  • Do make friendly comments, and offer compliments on pictures of people you know
  • Don’t give a minute-to-minute update of your location.
  • Don’t feel bad about un-friending people, or denying friend requests.
  • Don’t post pictures you wouldn’t want your boss, or children’s friends to find.

Becoming a Better Communicator

You can use your online presence to become a better communicator in your everyday life and use networking sites to meet people that may become a part of your in-person presence. There are tons of ways that email, social media, online forums and other internet sites can help you become better and getting your point across. Use them as tools but try to avoid “plugging-in” every day. You need to get some time away from your computer, mobile devices and your online presence to fully engage in the present moment. So remember to take at least 24 hours a week without geeking out – just to reconnect with the real you.

See other products and conditions: Brain & Cognitive Function, Men’s Health, Women’s Health. 

VitaminFix Think

Issue 63
November 25th, 2013
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