I have been watching videos on YouTube that talk about the effects social media can have on the way a person views life and themselves, and it struck a chord with me that had me reevaluating how I use and feel about social media. I realised that when I rarely use my Instagram, Twitter or even Facebook, I am more stable emotionally. People for the most part, only ever show the best and that can make an anxious person like me feel like such a failure at everything.
As I dug even further into the rabbit hole, I learned that while social is a useful tool, it is important you learn how to use correctly and to your advantage.
My first step, unfollowing anyone who made me feel negative or only displayed negative messages. While life is not all roses, I am learning that you put out what you take in and I only want to nurture my soul and learn things that will further my growth.
Second, continue to limit how much time I spend on social media daily. This includes not jumping onto sites and apps as soon as I wake up in the morning. This is hard, because I have an overwhelming urge to check for messages and emails since I tend to silence my phone during sleep hours. It takes practice but I am slowly getting there.
Lastly, I am replacing negative with positive. Before I said that I am remove negative from my social media, and actively seeking out people and sites that offer information that help me reach my goals and continue to learn, helps to boost my confidence in myself and my choices.
At the end of the day, I know my battles with depression and anxiety will be forever ongoing, but that doesn’t mean I have to give into it or feed it. By learning what affects my mind and what I can do to reduce triggers and build better mental health for myself, I can create a better overall way of life.