I think it’s fair to say, it’s highly unlikely that you would ever be able to fully conquer your social media addiction. The world relies on it and your ability to socialize would be pretty non-existent in its absence. Having an online identity is a genuine thing; we can’t just give it up.
I gave mine up for a full week, an eye-opening experience that you can read about here, and whilst it was great, I knew it wouldn’t last. One thing I was sure of though, there were little changes I could make to help me hold on to that refreshed feeling everyday.
Here’s how I did it…
Completely escaping from social media gave me a clear view on exactly what I liked and disliked about it. Sharing my own memories, I love. Living the memories of those close to me, I also love. Receiving constant updates of people I barely know, I hate. Constantly comparing my life to those that I can only dream my own would be like, I also hate.
It soon became obvious that a lot of my social media anxiety stemmed from being exposed to too much content, and forever stalking people I don’t even know. If only there was a simple solution to allow me to enjoy the best bits.
Cue ditching all of the apps beloved discover pages.
I ignored the Snapchat stories, stopped looking at the popular posts page on Instagram and avoided scrolling through ‘liked’ tweets.
Now, I get far less of an update on what everyone else is doing and I only look at posts I have chosen to see through clicking the follow button. I don’t constantly compare my life to others in a hundred different ways.
And without that ‘fitspo’ obsessed girl making me feel guilty for still being in my PJs at 4pm, everyone’s Snapchat stories making me constantly feel boring and being witness to people liking sly, indirect tweets I have found myself feeling much more confident in myself.
I have far less to compare to, and my news feeds are filled with so much more to be happy about.
Would you consider stopping your stalking for your sanity? Let us know your thoughts on social media anxiety.