Nowadays, it’s so easy to fall into that trap of social media pressure.
Don’t get me wrong, social media is a great tool! The problem it’s the way you use it, when you let it take control over your life.
The more you use social media the more you feel disconnected
The more you use social media, the more you crave that need for someone to listen, to see your post, to like them. People need to feel connected with others, it’s true. But there is no way liking posts means having a connection.
You start seeking validation
You start finding out that you want people to tell you how beautiful and creative you are. You start to let them having the power if you’re worth it or not.
But people will not validate you just because you want them to. People will validate what resonates with them and when that doesn’t happen you feel like crap about yourself and it’s so bad for your mental health.
Unrealistic standards and comparison
People on social media seem like they have the perfect body, house, and life with all the perfect pictures. You don’t see any failure or bad days. So you start feeling that you’re not good enough, you start to compare yourself to others. And that only leads to frustration.
Less time on social media = more time doing productive things
Now let’s talk about simple actions to avoid social media pressure and anxiety:
◾ Unfollow accounts that make you feel insecure about yourself
One of the easiest ways to protect your mental health from social media is to unfollow people that make you feel insecure about yourself. Only follow those people with content you enjoy and make you feel positive. People that share real things.
◾ Mute stories or posts
Some people seem to like they post their whole day on their stories or posts. If you have that time and enjoy the content, great! If you don’t, you can mute them. This way, you can only watch the stories of people you really care about.
◾ Turn off notifications
By turning them off, you’ll be more present at the moment and you’ll not feel that pressure and anxiety to check your phone.
◾ Remember that they are only people
Most of the time we think that “influencers” are living the dream life. Understand that these are people who have turned their social media into a full-time job, and they are putting a lot of work into creating their content. Bad things happen to them too, whether they share it or not.
◾ Be yourself
Stop trying to impress someone or be someone you’re not, that is suffocating. Just be yourself, share things you enjoy, and don’t worry what others think of you.
◾ Use platforms you enjoy
You don’t have to be on all of the social media platforms. Use the ones that you enjoy.
◾ Set boundaries
Start by choosing times during the day you use social media. Do not check your phone after you wake up and 1 hour before bedtime. Then, when you feel ready, continue this progress to cutting a day or two out of the week without social media. But first, start with baby steps.
Really hope this post helps you avoid this kind of pressure. Remember that social media tries to imitate real life. It is part of our lives right now, but it must not be replaced with it. 😊