Instagram, to an extent, is the marmite of social media. But whether you love it or hate it, you cannot deny it if the influence it has over so many people in this day and age.
Being influential isn’t a bad thing – people not feeling good enough as a result of what they see on Instagram, on the other hand, is a totally different ball game and this is why I’m saying it’s time to put a stop to insta-envy today.
How many times have you scrolled through Instagram and thought ‘I’d love to look like them?’ Or deleted 14 out of 15 photos because they weren’t ‘insta-worthy’ (and then gone on to delete the 15th)?
Admiring people is fine but obsessing over them is not healthy, and you should never wish yourself to look any different because of what you see online.
Because; truth be told, half (probably even more than half) of these people will openly admit that more often than not, they don’t really look like that. Think about it, how can you expect yourself to look every day how someone may look after hours of getting ready for a big event (with the added extras of good lighting and flattering angles). It’s not achievable and to strive to be like that does no good for anybody.
But if you’re an insta-holic, just how do you ditch the envy you’ve been so used to for so long?
Ditch the social media (for a while)
To those of us who can’t go a day without it – it sounds scary right? But so many people benefit so greatly from purging social media from their lives for a while. Start with baby steps like having one day with, one day without and so on. Or maybe just go AWOL for a week. You’ll soon see that you don’t need to be ‘crazy addicted’ to social media to get by, and you’ll definitely thank yourself for that!
Admire not envy
I’m not telling you to go and unfollow every attractive person on your feed, instead try looking at them from a different perspective. Admire them and their life but never wish it to replace yours – jealousy does nobody any good and especially not you-yourself.
Avoid the discover page
The discover page is a haven for the biggest names on instagram, but for many it can result in major self doubts. If you’re one of those people that is constantly scrolling the discover section and never feeling any better from it, why not try cutting it out. This doesn’t mean cutting out instagram all together, just a little section of it (baby steps, always baby steps).
At the end of the day, envious thoughts aren’t good for anyone and especially aren’t good for you. It’s time to remember that people are always going to put their best front forwards on instagram and it’s totally normal not to look like that.