Take Social Media With A Grain of Salt
It’s easy these days to look at Facebook or Instagram and think that people and their lives are perfect. That one moment captured, only tells you what it wants you to see—it’s not the whole story. Your friend’s photo of herself on the beach in Mexico quite possibly left out the part of the baby crying for hours next to her on the plane, the rude taxi driver, or the fight she had with her boyfriend on the way to the hotel.
One of my favorite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I’ll admit I fall into the trap of glorifying other people’s lives on social media too, but it is so unhealthy for our well-being.
Not only does it not represent real life, it can perpetuate dangerous body images, not to mention, you could be spending your time doing something that actually creates positive results in your life, like exercising or spending time with friends or family, instead of spending time on social media.
It’s not easy setting aside our phones for a couple of hours or to be mindful of automatically posting every moment of our lives on Instagram. But taking a social media “detox” once a month or (gasp) once a week, can remind us how caught up we can get in all of it. Taking a break can ground you and turn your focus to what’s happening in this moment.
Even supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley explains what it takes to get a perfect selfie. “Well, you need half an hour, you need great lighting, and you need to be prepared to take about 100 pictures of yourself, edit through 100 pictures of yourself and then filter them three times.” Enough said.