One thing about social media is that you really only see the best parts of people’s lives. Of course it’s hard to remember that when you feel your life isn’t exactly going the way you would like. Everyone else’s accomplishments can be a reminder of what you have yet to achieve. The things that other people have can be a reminder of what you lack.
The end of 2018 was a difficult time for me. Nothing major happened to me per say, but I was struggling and dealing with some set-backs. I was overwhelmed. I was unhappy. I was very unmotivated. Due to being unmotivated, I spent a great deal of time scrolling through social media and ultimately ended up making myself feel worse. I was trapped in this cycle of distracting myself with insta and twitter, seeing how great everyone else’s life appeared to be, and then feeling even worse about my life. I was so consumed by what was wrong, what I didn’t have, and what I hadn’t yet achieved.
After about three weeks of feeling absolutely horrible, I decided to take a break from my various social media sites. I took time to find solutions to my problems, instead of just feeling sorry for myself. I began working out, reading, and singing again. I even got the inspiration to start this blog. I began to feel love for myself again. I was reminded of all the great things I was doing and have done. I decided that I had control over my life. I was not a victim of anything or anyone.
Here are some things that worked for me during that difficult time, try them out should you find yourself going through something similar…
Take a break from social media from time to time
Even when you aren’t taking a break, balance social media and offline life
Connect with real people in your life in meaningful ways
Pray and/or meditate
Engage in hobbies or activities that you enjoy
Take time to focus on and evaluate your life moves/goals
If you think you may need to see a therapist, just try it
Be grateful for who and what you have in your life in this very moment
Remember that you’re exactly where you need to be