Natalie Hodson
September 20, 2016
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Feeling Down? Try a Social Media Cleanse

Have you ever heard the quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” by Jim Rohn? He has a point – the people we are around have a lot of influence on us, whether we are aware of it or not. One of the best things I have ever done for myself when it comes to self care and changing negative self talk to positive self talk was I really paid attention not only to the people that I surrounded myself with in person, but also the people I surrounded myself with on social media. You may not realize this, but the people you surround yourself with on social media can actually make a big impact on how you feel about yourself.

Ask yourself: “How is what I am posting affecting others?”
A couple years ago, I consciously made the decision to not share body selfies anymore. I still occasionally will post a progress picture – but I started to realize that taking a photo and tagging it #progress, #motivationmonday or #abcheck was probably not making other people feel better about themselves.

I know when I look at someone with a “perfect” body, it doesn’t make me feel better about myself. All it does is makes me compare myself to that person. Now, I think about what message I want to send to others and how I want to make them feel before I hit the publish button.

Ask yourself: “How are the posts I am seeing affecting me?”
You need to decide what motivates you and works for you. One thing that I did was I went through my news feed and posted pictures or quotes that made me feel less-than, or not enough. I listened to my intuition, and if anybody made me feel like I was not good enough, or ashamed; like I didn’t like myself, or “I wish I looked like them,” I clicked unfollow.

Instead, I surrounded myself with positive, uplifting individuals. There are a lot of people in the industry who are very body-positive and I cannot even begin to tell you what a difference it made when I scrolling through my news feed. Instead of being inundated with perfect body images, I was inundated with messages of self love and self care, which helped me nurture self love and self care for myself.

A social media cleanse can be just what you need to get your mind on the right track. Take ten minutes today and unfollow those accounts that make you jealous or feel inferior, and go follow some powerful, uplifting people in their place. What are your favorite motivational accounts or individuals to follow? Let me know in the comments below!

Your friend,
Natalie

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