Social Media is great but anyone who has been on social media for a minute will know that it can have its negative consequences. If you an unsure of what those are, or if you are experiencing those consequences, you can find out here. Today we will be discussing 5 ways to overcome social media envy. We hope that you find some of these useful.
5 Ways To Overcome Social Media Envy
1. Remember that Social Media is not Real Life
I have heard it said that the grass is always greener on social media. This is true. We are ALL selective about what we post on social media and what we see is usually only the filtered, airbrushed highlight reels of peoples lives. You cannot compare that with your reality. Keeping this in mind will help you to share in their positive moment without feeling too crummy about your reality.
2. Practice Gratitude
It is absolutely important to remain grateful. Even if things are not going as well as you would hope for it to, think about those things that are going well and focus on them. The things that you focus on grow. If you focus on positivity, the positive in your life will grow. I started keeping a gratitude journal a few years ago and it has literally changed my outlook on life. I can now focus on the positive aspects of my life more and I am overall happier because of it.
3. Reconnect with your REAL Friends
Social media is great for connecting with a community outside of your own friendship circle, but it can get pretty lonely sometimes. Do not neglect the people around you for the relationships that you make on social media.
It is also important to treasure REAL relationships and enjoy the REAL moments in your own life. You can make your life as fun and exciting as you want it to be. Maybe you just need to get up from that computer screen and actually live life instead of watching other live theirs.
Sometimes the best thing that you can do for your self is to unplug for a season. Whether it is a day or a month or even a year, you need to disconnect and actually spend time living the life you desire. You may even find it helpful to designate a social media free day. Spend that day doing other things that you enjoy doing. Deleting my Instagram account a couple of years ago was one of the best things that I did for myself. During my time away, I was able to actually enjoy life without worrying about what other people were doing. When I came back to Instagram, I was able to post without worrying about what people would think. I was also able to let go of a lot of the obsessive desire to know what other people were doing or wearing or posting. I am now able to be on social media in a more healthy way because of the season I spent away from it.
Is there that person who every time you look at your account, you feel like you want to drown in sorrow or self pity? I would encourage you to unfollow that account. On the flip side, follow people who inspire you. Some people may have the things that you desire, but if you can find inspiration in those things (instead of envy and self pity) you should follow them and allow them to inspire growth in you.
In the comments below, let us know if you have any other tips or methods that have helped in the past to overcome social media envy? We would love to hear from you.
Until Next Time,