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May 1, 2023
Escaping the Social Media Comparison Trap

Sarah Innes

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Coping with Social Media Comparison: Tips for a Healthier Mind

We’ve all been there, scrolling through social media and you are hit with a highlight reel of everyone’s best moments and best angles, and it seems that everyone else has it all together. Don't get me wrong, social media is undoubtedly a powerful tool that enables us to connect with others, draw inspiration, and express ourselves. However, it's equally important to understand that it can cause stress and symptoms of anxiety, leading people to fall prey to the dangerous cycle of constant comparison. It's all too easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, especially when it seems like everyone else has a perfect life. In this blog post, we will explore ways to help you navigate the comparison trap with ease.

Strategies for dealing with comparison on social media

  • Try to bring your focus to your own journey and goals, rather than comparing yourself to others.
  • Monitor your screen time, set limits on your social media apps and take breaks when needed.
  • Follow accounts that inspire and uplift you, rather than those that make you feel inadequate.
  • Each time you catch yourself comparing yourself to someone else, challenge yourself to find 3 things you like about yourself in the moment.
  • Practice self-compassion and remind yourself that everyone has their own unique journey.
  • Focus on your strengths and accomplishments, rather than your perceived flaws.
  • Practice self-care and prioritize your mental health.
  • Make a list of your goals and celebrate your progress.

Things to remember

  • Remember that you are worthy and deserving of love and respect, regardless of how many likes or followers you have.
  • Remember that social media is a highlight reel, not real life.
  • Taking a break from social media can be beneficial for your mental health. Engage in a social media detox and reconnect with yourself as needed.

Social media can be a double-edged sword when it comes to your mental health. While it can be a valuable tool for connection and self-expression, it can also trigger feelings of comparison and inadequacy. By understanding the impact of social media on your mental health and practicing coping strategies for dealing with comparison, you can break free from the comparison trap and feel more confident in yourself and your unique journey.

If you're struggling with comparison or other mental health concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist who specializes in these areas. You deserve support and guidance on your journey to mental wellness.


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