Curate a positive social media experience


  1. Reflect on your social media consumption. Spend some time reflecting on how social media usage affects your mental health. Ask yourself: How do I feel after scrolling through my feed? Am I comparing myself to others? Reflecting on these questions can help you become more mindful of your social media habits and the impact they have on your self-esteem.
  2. Audit your social media follows.
    Take a close look at who you follow on social media and ask yourself how these accounts make you feel. Do they inspire and uplift you, or do they leave you feeling inadequate and stressed? If it's the latter, it's time to unfollow. For example, if following a celebrity or influencer constantly makes you feel like you're not good enough, consider removing them from your feed.
  3. Find real and positive content.
    Actively seek out and follow accounts that promote authenticity, positivity, and real-life content. Look for creators who share genuine stories, including their struggles and failures, not just their successes. This could be artists, writers, activists, or even friends who share content that resonates with real life, encourages personal growth, and fosters a positive mindset.
  4. Limit social media time.
    Set specific times for using social media and stick to them. For example, avoid starting your day with social media or spending more than a set amount of time on it daily. This can help reduce the urge to compare and the amount of negative content you consume.
  5. Engage in activities that boost self-esteem.
    Participate in activities that make you feel good about yourself, unrelated to social media. This could be hobbies, physical activities, or learning something new. When you're engaged and fulfilled in real life, you're less likely to seek validation from social media.
  6. Practice self-compassion.
    Be kind to yourself when you find yourself slipping into comparison traps. Acknowledge that it's a common human experience and remind yourself of your unique qualities and achievements.


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