Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.
Hey guys, it is me again. I have been super busy lately with finals and getting ready to move home for Christmas break. Short post today, but one that is pretty serious.
I am going to cut to the chase: I have not been feeling like myself lately. I could not figure out what was wrong, and then I got to the root of the problem. I have constantly been comparing myself to others on social media platforms lately, especially Instagram. I usually have a pretty high level of self love and self confidence, but here lately, I have found myself wondering, “why hasn’t my picture got as many likes as hers? Why does her friend comment on that picture, but mine doesn’t comment on mine? Why can I not have a body like that?”
I got so fed up with myself thinking these derogatory things about myself. I used to pride myself in not caring what others thought about me and being carefree; my social media was a place for me to show how much I loved my friends, family, and wonderful boyfriend, not a place for me to go to degrade myself and compare to others.
So, I deleted Instagram for a month.
I didn’t look to see how many likes my picture got and compare it to others, I did not look on the explore page and see girls on the beach with skin-tight bikinis on. Instead, I took a month off and found my self-love again and self-worth. A month might not be very long, but it still has done a lot for me.
I have re-downloaded the app and have continued posting on it, but not anymore for the benefit of getting a certain amount of likes or to over-analyze other females. I post on there now because I have self-love and love my friends and family and want others to see that.
Social media is a wonderful thing, trust me (I literally have a job running social media campaigns for my colleges’ school of business), but be careful- make sure you use it for the right reasons. And always remember, love yourself first.