We’re all on one social media platform or another and I’m sure we’ve all had the feeling that we’re on it a bit too much sometimes.
Social media is one of the best tools out there for marketing yourself and what you do, but when it starts to have a negative impact on your mind where do you draw the line?
You might find yourself comparing your lives to what you see in others or accelerating your life because you feel like you’re not doing as much. These thoughts and feelings are more common than you think. I’ve been a creative for 8 years and I’ve always used social media for promotion, however there’s a lot more going on than that. You’re taking in traumatic world news, unhealthy banter and people giving advice on things that they don’t really know much about.
This is where the negative side of social media come in. People feel under pressure and decide to share personal information with the world that backfires and you have hundreds of people being malicious as a result. You think about Instagram models and when you look at your own beauty in the mirror you can’t see it anymore. Your mind has been clouded to see what life should be like not what life is like in reality and you can start feeling alone, depressed and frustrated.
It’s important to have some boundaries when it comes to social media. Learn when to distance yourself and when to utilise it for what you need to do. Train your mind to understand that everyone is going through ups and downs and a lavish life online doesn’t change that. Don’t change who you are to fit in with who everyone else is portraying themselves to be. You are enough.
Social media is a numbers game. The more followers you have the more popular you’ll be. That’s how it goes, but when that popularity turns on you there is little that can be done. You still have to uphold this appearance that you’ve been trying to maintain for so long with the hopes that the issue will blow over and that will be that. The internet is for life. What you say and do online has the possibility to haunt you years down the line and damage your reputation in what you do. Be sure to not let these platforms dictate their own type of behaviour out of you that really isn’t you just to meet the energy of others.
Enjoy social media don’t lose yourself to it. It should be a fun and easy way to stay up to date on things that interest you and engage with genuine people. It shouldn’t be something you have to keep up with to feel normal. Once you realise this, everything else will fall into place, and if you have been feeling low lately, you can now pick yourself up knowing that you really are enough just as you are!
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