Mindful Social Media: How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

In today’s age of social media, it is easier than ever to compare our lives, looks, and relationship status to every influencer, loved one, friend, and stranger online. Unfortunately, we often forget that we mostly only see people’s highlights, leading us to internalize problems while also hindering our self-esteem. Below are some mindful ways to navigate social media to avoid the comparison trap.

Remember, Social Media Isn’t Real Life

When scrolling through social media, it is necessary to remember that much of it isn’t real. People can easily add filters and edit photos and videos before posting them, suggesting minimal imperfections to their hair and body. People choose what they want the world to see – you never really know what is happening behind the camera. Life is much more complex and layered than social media leads us to believe.

Curate the Content You See

Mental health is critical; and nothing says you have to follow a single profile. If there are specific accounts that you compare your life or body to that makes you feel worse about yourself, unfollow them! Not all profiles are toxic and harmful, so be aware of what serves you. Add accounts that bring you joy, peace, or amusement.

Decrease Your Time on Social Media

Sometimes the problem isn’t necessarily who we follow but how much time we spend on these apps. Try removing the apps from your phone (or at least your home screen!) to avoid temptation.

Redirect Your Focus to Hobbies

Once you’ve decreased your online time on apps, you may have more free time to complete other tasks or participate in events. Research has found that participating in hobbies makes you happier, reduces stress, helps you relax, and improves your communication skills.

Practice Self-Care

Take care of yourself. If you feel your emotional well-being is suffering, take a break from your feeds. Do it for a day, a week, a month, or however long you need away from the constant barrage of content.

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