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My Social Media Dilemma

Social media and I, we have a love-hate relationship. There are some amazing things that can be gained from social media. I, like many others, enjoy scrolling through my feed, in hopes of a spark of motivation or a picture of a friend’s fun experience. I check to see that Calm Nest is inspiring people in the way we aspire to - although I can share that it would be nice to engage with you all a bit more. All feels easy and harmless, then something changes.

I come across and influencer who catches my eye. Whether it’s an outfit they're wearing, a recipe they're posting or a vacation they're experiencing, it’s irrelevant. It simply stops me in my tracks. Then somehow, I start to question who I am. Funny, no? Even though my logical brain knows these feeds are meticulously curated with the goal of selling me something, I still fall into the cycle of feeling less than? The feed has the power to somehow leave me thinking that because I don’t have what they have, whether it’s a material thing, the vacation they're on or the number of followers they have, I’m not good enough, or liked enough, or happy enough.

In those moments when I get caught up, I do what I need to do to reconnect with my support system. The people who love me for who I am, those who see the value I bring to the world, and those who help me be the best version of myself. I have found that being consistently aware of what and who I choose to expose myself to is essential to my mental wellbeing. The awareness and act of looking inwards and to connect with “my people” to fill my cup is a game changer and an enormous contributor to my positive outlook on life.

With that said, I invite you to be curious about what and who you choose to surround yourself with. Do a self-inventory of what social media you follow, how much news you watch and who are the people that spend your time with? Reflect and realign if you deem necessary because life is too short to try to live someone else’s life.

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