Why you shouldn’t use Instagram

Coming home from a long day, you’re ready to sit back and relax. As you hit the bed or couch, you grab your phone. The life of friends, family, and strangers alike appear on the newsfeed. Time flies by as new posts pop up after refreshing the app. It may seem harmless, but this vicious cycle is doing damage to you psychologically.

Daily Comparison

It’s human nature to compare your life to another person. Many people use this as competition or to follow the footsteps of their role model. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for numerous people. After it’s launch in October 2010, Instagram captivated people all around the world. It became the norm for modern life with over 800 million users. 

Depression has become an epidemic and social media is a part of the cause. You have the power to peek into a person’s life in a matter of seconds with the tip of your finger. People start to compare their likes and followers and use that to judge their self-worth. Another side effect that causes negative consequences is instant gratification. With this, a minute of receiving no likes can cause you to become discouraged and disappointed. 

Behind the Screen

All you see on the newsfeed are the good times. Posts containing vulnerability don’t come often. People have become so accustomed to this that they are blind to sadness being a normal part of life. Every person in the picture deals with their own stress and insecurities. Some users of Instagram are so busy attempting to paint their life as perfect that they forget to live it.  

You have to realize that “average” is okay. All these videos and pictures show that having a perfect life or having talent seems normal when it isn’t. Don’t waste your life playing catch-up and embrace the things you have at this moment. People are running their own personal race, so go at your own pace. 

Addiction to tragedy

How tragic events can benefit you

Death and loss is a part of life. It will send you spiraling down a never-ending hole of emptiness. Waking up feeling lost and even the simplest things have become a chore. Sleep will become your best friend since it takes the pain away. This process may take months if not longer.

Switch your mindset

How you react to this experience will determine the outcome. You can’t change what’ll happen, but you can change your reaction. You have every right to your emotions. If something angers you, you’re not wrong for feeling that way. The important part is where you direct that anger. 

Once you hit rock bottom, the only way you can go is up. At the end of the day, you’re still alive and there’s a lesson you’ll have learned. After each event, you’ll come out stronger and start appreciating the small things that you have. Grief builds character and will allow you to relate to others with similar circumstances. You will come out as a changed person.

This one thing will change you

Remember that there’s a hidden blessing in every adversity. The choice is entirely up to you on how you want your reality to be. You have the power to make that decision. Many people wish for a different life, yet they live theirs in auto mode. Stay aware of every action you make and you’ll soon realize how heavy each choice weighs in your life.

If you want to change your life, start making different decisions daily. Slowly but surely, you’ll notice a shift in the right direction. Don’t wait for an opportunity to come, make one. Once you start feeling uncomfortable often, you’ll know you’re heading down the right path.