Downside of Social Media

Lets talk social media. 

I have a serious love/hate relationship with social media. I LOVE seeing all my friends and families smiling faces throughout my news feeds and I love seeing all the positive change taking place within it. What I hate, however, is the negative effects it has on our mental health. 

It’s doing some damage people! 

Have you ever scrolled through your newsfeed, and saw someones picture, and instantly felt down about yourself or your life? Have you ever felt a negative emotion or compared yourself? I know I have. 

I was the queen of comparison! I was constantly comparing my chapter 4 to everyones chapter 10. I would feel anxious and depressed. I would feel as if my life wasn’t good enough… and it TOTALLY was! That’s the worst part about it. As I sat in my swamp of negative emotions, I failed to realize, maybe my chapter 4 (appropriately titled death by schooling) has way more pages then everyone else’s. Hence, why I was still there and everyone had breezed through to chapter 10. 

Over the years I’ve come to understand the truth about social media. What you see is not always 100% factual. Don’t get me wrong, social media has a lot of pros (like advocating for mental health), but it also has its cons. Sadly we are comparing ourselves and our lives to highlight reels. 

Please, PLEASE, stop comparing yourself to highlight reels. No one posts the negative and let me tell you, people have negatives. You and your life are yours! Your chapters are beautiful the way they are. If you are down about the phase of life you are in, practice reframing your thoughts. 

Tell yourself, “This chapter of my life has a ton of pages, but man it’s an amazing read.” Your next chapter will come soon. I promise! 

What chapter are you in? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it. 

Picture from Etsy: emmaleonardart

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