Social media portrays a warped version of reality that can have negative consequences on a person’s self-esteem. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat give people instant access to a variety of content that they then use to compare themselves to others and put themselves down. While browsing through social media, you may find yourself comparing your life, your body, or your clothes to the unrealistic standards portrayed by others, which can potentially lower your self-confidence. For help with changing this, read on to learn ways of setting boundaries so that social media doesn’t affect your self-esteem.
Take a Break
Challenge yourself to take a break from social media for a period of time. Whether you go without checking your social media accounts for a day, a week, or a month, you’ll notice a difference in the way you feel. Hopefully, in taking a break from social media, you will experience the ability to be more present in your day-to-day tasks, more appreciative of everything you have, and less judgmental towards yourself.
Keep in mind that people can censor what they post on social media. This often means that they only post things that portray them in the way that they want to be viewed by others. You may see a flattering picture of a person you follow on Instagram, but there’s a good chance that it took them ten tries to get it to look that way. Someone you are connected with on Facebook could have 1,000 Facebook friends, but only three friends in real life. If you see something on social media and start to feel “less than” as a result, remember that what you see and what is real may be two very different things.
Work with a Counselor
If social media is negatively impacting your self-esteem, chances are there may be other experiences from your past and present that are, too. A counselor can help you identify the experiences from your life that have negatively impacted your self-esteem and begin to examine these experiences. Counselors can also teach you strategies for improving your self-esteem, like using positive affirmations and creating gratitude lists. If you are interested in working with a counselor to improve your self-esteem, contact The Light Program today.