With a high media frenzy today everyone tends to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and how amazing someone else’s life is. They have the perfect job, come home to a loving family, spend their time with friends on the weekend and travel frequently. Not to mention they are always happy, & always dressed to the nines, looking flawless.
Without realizing it this constant ‘competition’ can really get to us, causing stress & the dreaded comparison game. In my opinion this is the most dangerous game you can play with yourself. Comparing you & your worth to someone else’s illusion. When you begin to do this you lose sight of your why which is one of the most important tools for gauging your actions and what makes you happy. You begin to compare your workout to someone else’s, your results to their results, your relationship to theirs, & your happiness to what you think happiness should or should not be. You may or may not know them but ultimately you begin thinking they have it better & become down on your own life, which is likely pretty rad. So today I have a challenge for you. A social media detox. Just like your body needs to detox so does your mind & this is how I like to do it!
1. Determine set amounts of time you are allowed to look at social. Do not open it before or after this time slot - I like to avoid looking at my phone until after I’ve had breakfast and showered for the day and I like to close it out an hour or two before bed.
2. Scroll through your feed beforehand and hide, delete or unfollow anyone who does not serve you. If you ever feel like you compare, envy, or feel insecure after seeing their posts them more than you learn or grow from them then it’s time to cut the cord. Remember you can always follow them again if anything changes, but I promise it likely won’t.
3. If you catch yourself comparing your life to theirs, ask yourself why. This allows you to get really introspective into what may be missing from your life. Once you’ve pinpointed it, use step 2.
Repeat the steps as necessary. I typically find every few months works well until you can implement a firm pattern for #1 that makes you comfortable. And remember we are always evolving and changing so this clean up also helps you remove the old and make room for the new.