How to avoid social media pressure

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. 😊

 

19 Replies to “How to avoid social media pressure”

  1. Thank you for the post. This is a reminder of how much time I waste scrolling on my phone. Im going to go through the groups I subscribe to and unsubscribe to several of them.. I don’t need 5 groups telling me how to clean and declutter

    1. Great tips. Thank you

  2. I struggled with Facebook for years, but last year before Lockdown began I took the decision to delete it as I was having a very tough time and found it was the best thing I ever did. No need to complete or compare with others and a private life is a Private Life. No likes required.

  3. I have read lot of articles that how to handle social media pressure. But, this one is revealed realistic mindset of us.

    I really enjoyed this. We wish you write more for us when we need like this.

    Thnk u..

    1. I have stopped using FB for 2 yrs now when I feel like i’m getting annoyed, getting jealous of my friends and started to underrated myself when I’m not doing bad at all. Then I see that people can’t take your happiness as their own. So, I simply stop. I asked my husband to lock the app and hide it in my phone. I still have it if i need to access some old photos/ memories but just a quick view, I have lost interest totally at FB after 2 yrs. I have IG but never posted anything. Just needed it to scroll some update on some inspiring people & good food/ restaurant.

  4. I truly encountered myself in your amazing post , that was really worth the time you made efforts for everyone who’s reading it. ,,, Heartfelt thanks ❤️🤗

  5. Sharon Bose Panicker says: Reply

    Thank you!!! It was really helpful

  6. Thank you for helping me realize how much time I waste on social media! I am a single mother and really don’t have any friends and I believe that is one thing that’s made me use FB as a crutch for social interaction when I’d much rather have it in real life.

  7. Powerful advise, thanks a lot.

    1. Wow! This is great! 😊 More for this!

  8. Your post is amazing. They are really helpful tips that can help me to be disciplined. I enjoy the part about muting some stories and unfollow some account.
    Personally, I check my phone once I am awake and even still there late night. I will work on getting better.

  9. Me encantan todos sus posts, son como una inyección para detenerte un segundo y recordar vivir el presente y lo real. Me encantan!!

  10. It was helpful and good read. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thank 4 it!

  12. This is so helpful. Sometimes its ok to take a break from all that is taking place on social media.Take some time to focus on yourself and not what others think of you. Don’t let anyone change you,instead BE THE CHANGE.

  13. True words…Just live your life,Be yourself and allow great moments to happen.

  14. Great job I realy enjoyed your Post

  15. I appreciate your time and your willingness to share gems and articles that offer a kind tonality. I especially love the practical ways to implement the new, healthier advice.

    Cheers to your team,
    Erin

  16. Thankyou so much. It really helped me out. Since i was having a major problem with this issue now I have uninstalled all my social media apps and now I find my self quite relaxed.

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