Have you ever seen a photo of an influencer on Instagram and thought:
You're not alone. It's completely normal to see someone's perfect life on Instagram and start spiralling about your own. Unfortunately, whether you're scrolling for business or out of boredom, what you see on social media can effect you on deeper levels than you think - there are tons of studies that have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety and even suicide.
With that being said, I don't think the answer to these problems deleting your social media accounts all together. You don't need to ditch the apps to get peace of mind.
So - what is the answer? How do you get yourself out of the self-shaming spiral? As a self-proclaimed social media junkie, I've set unspoken rules for myself so that I don't go to bed every night wishing I was someone else. Here are my favourite ways to use social media to boost my confidence instead of crushing it.
Stop Following Celebrities
I've made the conscious effort to stop following celebrities that are known to Photoshop their photos...which, believe it or not, ends up being most of them. Every time I would see a celebrity on a beach somewhere or showing off their mansion, it made me feel like I wasn't working hard enough - whether that meant my "summer body" or in my career. If you're trying to keep up with the Kardashians and can't quit following them on social, make sure you remind yourself that, much like us regular folk, these celebrities are only showing Instagram their highlight reel. Don't forget that these people are paid to look good and they have a team that gets them ready every morning. This might surprise you, but they did not wake up like that.
Unfollow People Often
It has recently come to my attention that I have the ability to unfollow whoever I want, whenever I want. Crazy, right? You don't owe anyone anything. If you want to unfollow that random dude from your high school who posts anti-mask memes, please do it. One of my friends said it best - your social media pages are yours, do not feel guilty for curating it to fit your needs.
Search for What You Need
If you've ever talked about a toaster and then gotten 65 ads for every toaster on the planet, you know that your social media channels are listening to you. If you find that the images showing up on your Discovery Page or your Reels are hurting your heart, go to your search bar and type in exactly what your soul is in search of - body positivity, healthy is happy, mental health matters. This will help sift out the crap and show you the good stuff!
Know the Facts
Sometimes, it's not so much about what you're seeing on social media - it's also about the lack of engagement or vanity metrics AKA likes. When you take the time to post something that doesn't get as many likes as you'd hoped, you need to remind yourself that this has everything to do with the algorithm and nothing to do with the actual photo you posted.
What are your favourite ways to hack the social media system and use Instagram for good? Let me know in the comments below! And feel free to DM me to chat!