Social media is something that connects the entire world through so many mediums. Now–more than ever–we can see what is going on in places across the globe. Similarly, we can easily see what our peers and the people we ‘follow’ are doing. While this may seem to make the world feel smaller–in that it is now more interconnected–it can also lead to people feeling lonelier, inadequate, and stressed out. Thus, it may be time for a social media cleanse.
Many of you have likely considered a cleanse for some time now. If you know it is time for you to go on a social media cleanse, you are going to want to check out this article; we are sure it will be beneficial for you. Alternatively, if any of the following things apply to you, it’s time to take a social media cleanse as soon as possible!
Whether you already plan on taking a social media break, or you are still looking to see if you need one: keep reading! This article brings out the negative aspects of social media that often don’t meet the eye.
A Social Media Cleanse Prevents Unfair Comparisons
Everyone wants to live that ‘Pinterest perfect’ or ‘Instagram worthy’ life. That is, the highlights we see from major celebrities or social media gurus. But, we sometimes forget that these pictures do not depict real life; rather, it is just the facade of social media.
It’s so easy to scroll through your feed and see all these pictures of beautiful people living what looks like carefree lives.
And–while you wish you could be happy for them–you might be feeling a little bit of envy. In other cases, you may end up putting yourself down in comparing yourself to their best moments.
If you are looking at where other people are and comparing your personal journey to their life, it is time to go on a social media detox. No matter how things look online, everyone is facing their own demons. And chances are, if you knew what these demons were, you would not want to take their place.
In short, don’t compare yourself to highly followed or praised social media platforms. All of social media is showcasing the best moments of one’s life, and moreover, the best pictures of oneself. To acquire indestructible confidence and achieve your long term goals, we recommend Andrew Leedham’s “Unstoppable Self Confidence.”
You Are Hungry For Likes
Getting likes on your latest post can be a fantastic dopamine rush. It gives us a sense of instant gratification. But, it also turns into a form of validation (which–by the way–is what most people who look like they’re living their best lives are truly seeking).
The truth is, you don’t need likes or anyone else’s opinions to tell you whether or not you are good enough.
You are good enough, just as you are. So many of us feel horrible when we don’t get as many likes as we would’ve wanted. Then, we delete the post or end up feeling really bad about ourselves–as if we did something wrong.
But the good news is, only your opinion of yourself is what truly matters. And, giving yourself some time off of social media will help you see that a bit more. As long as you’re doing what makes you happy, and doing what you need to feel secure in your own skin– you are golden.
If you are looking for a way to discover your own inner power and beauty, check out Keryl Pesce’s work, “Hello Beautiful.” We know it will lift an unexpected weight off of your shoulders.
You Are Getting Sucked Into Drama
To put it bluntly, there is just way too much drama on the internet. Whether it is people ranting about their own issues, seeing the latest news, or just coming across hateful content–it is not a good place for you.
If you visit social media a lot, you might be absorbing all the drama and pain that you come across; without even consciously realizing how it is affecting you. If social media is not lighting you up and you’re getting sucked into the drama, it is definitely time to take a break.
Even if you think at first that the drama is some exciting piping hot tea, it is not worth it to involve yourself. At the end of the day, it means that you spend time worrying about things that are either irrelevant to your life or that are detrimental to your well-being.
Instead of doing that, you could be spending time treating yourself! The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook is a great way to focus on good things, be kind to yourself, and build up your feelings of self-worth.
A Social Media Cleanse Is A Way To Respect Yourself
At the end of the day, you never know what you are going to get from social media. It could be good things, or it could be pretty hurtful things that harm your overall well-being. But, taking a break from social media can help ensure that it doesn’t have any more power over you.
The best kind of validation is the one you give yourself- not the kind you seek out from others. To build up this sense of validation, we love “The Self Love Workbook.” In devoting time to your own self worth, (instead of spending that time scrolling through social media) you will find more inner confidence and validation than social media could ever offer.
At Liz Fe Lifestyle, we know how easy it is to fall into the black hole of social media. Now more than ever, we are spending far too much time on social media and other online platforms. And, far too often, people forget how detrimental social media can be to their health. Therefore, it is essential that we remind ourselves of the dangers of social media; and moreover, devote more time to developing our own self worth.
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