The majority of us love social media and use it on a daily basis, but sometimes it can become quite daunting. There are times when I realise social media sites, such as Instagram, are actually making me feel worse. This is usually when I accept it may be time to take a social media break, or a break from my phone in general. How do you know when it may be time to take a step back? Here are some sure fire signs that your social media usage is becoming toxic:
1.) You feel pressured to post
This is something I find myself noticing a lot, particularly when it comes to Instagram. The constant need to increase followers, along with the added pressure of high engagement, we can often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed or even downright miserable. This where social media turns from a positive to a big negative, and you should maybe think about taking a break to recharge. How can you give the followers the best content when you’re not feeling your best?! You can’t, so look after yourself first. Always.
2.) You’re spending too much time on social media apps
This can be a tricky one, as how much time is ‘too much’? This varies from person to person, but if I feel I’m spending my whole day lay in bed on my phone then it’s usually a clear indicator I need to take a step back. Obviously this can be different for ‘influencers’ whose job is literally social media, but even then it’s important to remember to have hobbies that involve things outside of the social media world. Instead of updating Twitter that you want to go for a walk, actually go for the walk. Bad example, but you know what I mean.
3.) Your feed is lowering your self esteem
This seems to be a common one for the majority of people. Personally, as soon as social media makes me feel even the slightest bit negative about myself I take a huge step back. That’s not what social media is, or ever should be, about. The beauty about this bizarre place we call earth is that everyone’s different, so stop comparing yourself to Instagram models and learn to love yourself for who you are. Self love is irreplacable.
So, they’re my top 3 signs that a social media break may be necessary/helpful. Of course, the effects of social media are different for every individual and there’s no rule book on the ‘right’ ways to use it, but these are the aspects I look at when I’m wondering if my social media usage is benefiting me or actually making me feel worse. What signs tend to lead you to taking a break? Let me know down in the comments.
Lots of love,