Social Media can be great for all sorts of reasons – from checking in on what your friends are up to, watching cute videos of puppies; yet what most people hate to admit is that social media can also have a very serious negative impacts on mental health.
It is easy to follow glamorous movie stars and super models on social media platforms such as Instagram. Envying their flawless make up looks and toned bodies; yet as soon as these accounts start making you feel less confident then you need to take a step back and look at yourself. Social media is causing more and more young people to fall into depression because they give themselves unrealistic targets. Everybody is made in his or her own unique and beautiful way. Most of the time photographs you see on social media aren’t even real! Why waste your time wishing you looked like someone who has had his or her photo professionally enhanced, edited or photoshopped, when you are perfect being YOU.
My favourite ways of getting rid of negative social media vibes are:
- Unfollow any accounts that makes you feel less confident or ugly – you don’t need that to ruin your life.
- Follow body positive accounts, showing REAL people – nothing photoshopped
- Follow more people who INSPIRE you.
- Learn to begin loving yourself (post on this coming soon as we believe at Captain Hale that loving yourself shouldn’t be a superficial process of just telling yourself you love yourself, but actually doing the work to get there) – there’s only one YOU.
You can easily turn your Instagram feed from a place of depression and envy into a burst of positivity and inspiration. Just get rid of the negativity by unfollowing any accounts that don’t make you feel good and replace them with whatever motivates you and makes you feel inspired to succeed. This could be an athlete, a Yogi, a cook, a musician…the list is endless. Just make sure you are only allowing positive social media accounts into your life.
The same goes for holiday posts. Many people start to feel sad because their social media feeds are filled with tropical island paradises and cute couple posts in exotic cities when they are stuck at home working everyday, trying to pay the bills. The main thing to remember here is that it is okay to feel the emotions that surface, whether that be envy, jealousy or resentfulness. The only times it’s not okay is when it starts to take over your mentality. In these cases, if you don’t want to unfollow your friends, it’s best to accept the situation and live in the present moment. Appreciate what you have around you, instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Remember! Social media isn’t always reality. Your friend might have posted a tropical holiday post yet you are also blissfully unaware of their own perception on reality. You never know, so it’s best to just appreciate what you have instead of what you don’t.