Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. We all get sucked into the black hole of social media: mindlessly scrolling and switching between the various apps, only to realise you were literally on this one 5 mins ago and there’s nothing new to see. And more often than not you may find yourself feeling a bit crappy afterwards, comparing yourself to instamodels and feeling as though your life is bland compared to the highlights shared by those you follow.
Social media is a controversial thing. With it comes trolls spreading hate, fuelled by the hate they feel for themselves; insecurity manifested by the highly edited & filtered selfies – smoothing out any flaws – which only serve to portray a fake ‘ideal’ beauty and the unannounced competition to see who is living the most successful and fun life which only results in people feeling unhappier and dissatisfied with their own life.
On the other hand, when used with purpose, social media can have a positive impact on your happiness and life in general. In this post I’m focusing on Instagram in particular and how this specific social media app can be used more intentionally. Begin by unfollowing people who portray an unrealistic image of beauty and whom make you feel unhappy with yourself; accounts that spread negativity; or any account that doesn’t have a positive effect on you. Then, find accounts that:
Spread body positive messages – encouraging you to embrace and love who you are, including any flaws you may have
Motivate, Inspire or Resonate with you in some way
Share meaningful photography or art that you find interesting, thought provoking or just enjoy looking at
Educate you about the World
Support Small/Growing Businesses & Artists