I’ve been thinking about social media a lot lately. In particular, how it pertains to self-worth and a healthy relationship with food.

There’s been a significant rise in nutrition overcomplication and shame around food choices in my office, and when digging a bit deeper (more often than not) we discover social media is playing a role in my clients’ conflict.

To be clear – I’m a big believer in social media. It’s an important part of my business and has connected me with incredible influencers and clients all over the word. And when used intentionally, I’ve seen it be a really powerful tool for positive change.

BUT if after you innocently hop onto a platform in an emotionally good place, you leave feeling like you’re failing at life, it might be time to take a step back and spring clean your social media.

How social media may be stalling your progress

It’s important to remember you’re only seeing a snippet of someone’s life. And it’s usually a carefully curated, highly filtered version of their actual reality.

“This leads some passive viewers to make faulty social comparisons, falsely concluding that others are leading much more fulfilling, exciting and happier lives. This can invidiously gnaw at the viewer’s psyche, making them feel inferior and inadequate.” – Huffington Post

And feelings of inadequacy and shame ( <- please watch this) simply do not motivate us. They paralyze most people from making any movement in a positive direction.

Become a conscious consumer

1. Purge: Take some time to honestly examine any messages you’re taking in that trigger feelings of being less-than. Unfollow or unfriend.

2. Fill your feeds with feel-good, uplifting accounts: This is where I’ve seen social media be an incredible tool for building new, supportive beliefs. Exposing yourself to people who are living authentic, embodied lives at every size from different backgrounds can be a game-changer.

3. Set boundaries: Be mindful of how social media is affecting your IRL (in real life) social time. I know just how easy it can be to get sucked into the internet hole, so I’m trying to get more intentional with dedicated screen-less times. Disconnect to reconnect, as they say!

Resources to help you on your spring cleaning way

I recently listened to this podcast with Megan Bruneau and I found it to be really helpful in deepening my knowledge in becoming both a mindful consumer and contributor to the online space.

Sarah over at Yes and Yes gives some great examples on how to be mindful with technology here.

If you decide to take a digital break, here are 78 things you can do since you won’t be scrolling. 

If you’re interested – here are a few accounts that fill up my feed: virgietovar, bodyposipanda, immaeatthat, beauty_redefined, anastasiaamour, chr1styharrison, themilitantbaker

PS: Last week I shared a lesson I learned from one of the darkest times in my life. If you missed it, you can read the latest note from my heart right here.

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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