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HOW IS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTING OUR MENTAL HEALTH?

In today’s modern and fast growing technological world we would be lying if we would say that that social media hasn’t become one of the biggest things in our lives. With many positive attributes more reaserch has shown over and over again various health issues among teenage and adult life.

Instagram is one of the World’s biggest social media platforms with 700 million users worldwide. It is a place where most of us come to inspire and be inspired. For many of us influencers, Instagram has become the nr 1 platform to share our content with a wide range of people, making our hobbies grow into businesses.

Obviously, who wouldn’t want to try live off of traveling while posting gorgeous pictures of their lives without having to go to work every day of the week. Of course,  social media has it’s very moments of success and happiness.

But like anything else in life, an overconsumption of anything is bound to bring problems to our health. One of the things I’ve come to realize is the constant information that we get exposed to which makes our brains go on overload during those long hours that we are  spending on our phones. We get lost and disconnected from reality when we step outside to the real world.

I would be lying If I said that most influencers live a happy life.

Sadly, many suffer in quiet because of the constant stress and anxiety of having to succeed in the business.

And often, influencers that go into this business have experiences some sort of mental issues in the past.

Which brings me to the real reason of this post, why is nobody talking about this? Is mental health still a tabu topic?

Obviously, people are trying run successful businesses but how long will they go until they hit rock bottom?

Of course, none of this is seen in the perfect pictures on instagram that are posted on a daily basis.

What most followers get to see are masks of beautiful accounts with usually plenty of fake followers. So we believe these people are living the perfect life.

How do we bring people to talk about this more, and most important, what help is there out there?

The reality is that every single person in the world has problems. That’s what it means to be human. What differs the happy folks from the miserable is the effort they put into working on themselves into improving from within on a daily basis. That’s right, real happiness isn’t acchieved together with millions. If it was then Justin Bieber would be the happiest man on the planet right?

Instagram has become an extremely hard platform to market your business, making a lot of us very frustrated and stressed.

When we are frustrated and stressed a big amount of effort goes into dealing with the symptoms that come along with the strong emotions. So the mind can’t focus on what’s really important. Having fun and having a creative outlet becomes just a routine of things that need to be done while being under the constant influence of stress. It doesn’t work and is bound to lead to long term anxiety, loss of self esteem and inner piece.

Don’t worry, like anything else, there are solutions and they aren’t as hard as you might think.

Like any other business, it won’t always go forward. Sometimes the road will get bumpy, but so is life. If we allow ourselves to get locked within the thought of having to make it in this business no matter what, then we will most definitely eventually hit rock bottom.

Allow yourself to break free from the imaginary millions that you have painted in your mind:

1)      Dare to question your dream, what do you think that you will gain if you become a huge and successful influencer? Will you then be happier? What is preventing you from being happy today? And will you know for sure how your life is going to turn out in the future? Does anyone of us have that power?

2)      Give yourself a break, more than once per day. Gather your thoughts, relax with a walk or activity you like. We tend to live inside of our thoughts about our planned future way too much which leaves less room for enjoying your life as it is today.

3)      Go back and remember the real reason to why you started being an influencer? Was it just to have fun and allowed you to be creative? Find your true reason for doing this every day. And try to implement it to your work today. Who knows, maybe you will start enjoying again.

4)      Meet your anxiety, meet the catastrophic thoughts of the worst and try to accept that these are only thoughts and not future predictions. Giving meditation a try might just help you practice this while helping you relax from the tension you are experiencing.

5)      If it’s gotten to a point where you need more help, seek a professional to talk to. You aren’t alone in feeling like this. There are very good cognitive behavioral therapists and psychologist that specify in these fields and do an amazing job with concrete strategies that migh be useful for a lifetime.

6) Seek support from your loved ones. Don’t worry about what they will say. Don’t push them away. They might just understand what you are going through and try their best to support you. It’s okay to get some help now and then.

Good luck! The success we really need is within ourselves. Anything else will have to come after.

And please do let me know if you have any personal story or tips on what helped you! If you do not wish to leave a comment, send me an e-mail and I promise to respond!

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  • Love the tips Ninni, so easy to get caught up in social media 🙂 Laura x

    http://www.twohumansliving.com

  • I like this blog post

  • Emmi

    Intressant läsning, ger verkligen en tankeställare

  • Oh I love this post Ninni! So true, we all have problems and not many of us talk about them… Social Media is tricky for us bloggers. There is SO much we “need” to be doing and it gets so overwhelming when we don’t see results fast. That’s my main issue and I end up feeling worse as though I haven’t done enough. But the truth is – I am enough. We all are 🙂 Great post!

    Tatyana x
    LAFOTKA
    http://www.lafotka.com

  • Dominique Nancy

    Great post. Oh, yes we do have to talk about this problem. I recently did a text on Selfies, a true social phenomenon, and I found an interesting study. This recent study by #StatusOfMind of the Royal Society revealed that addicts at Instagram, where there are thousands of selfies every day, are more likely to be anxious and depressed. So you are not imagining this. It is real! We have to be extra careful not to get caught up with social media.

  • Alison Hutchinson

    Isn’t is so true? I always question whether these people are so happy and more and more often they are coming out and admitting how unhappy they are. It’s such a sad reality but it’s so easy to see how this can happen. I don’t have a huge following by any means but I do blog full time and the way that I stay happy is by focusing on my own life rather than others. What makes ME happy? If I like it, then other people probably will too. So rather than trying to please everyone else, I try to please myself and it seems to be working!
    I love this post and it’s so important to talk about this sort of thing so that we don’t feel alone in our struggles.

    Xx Alison
    http://www.stylingmylife.com