Today we are talking about something that I’m sure all of you are very familiar with…SOCIAL MEDIA.
Without it, there wouldn’t even be Blogilates! YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are the ways I am able to share with you my workouts, healthy meals and everything in between. Because of it, we’ve been able to create a loving and supportive community worldwide!
I am forever grateful for it…but…sometimes social media can be harmful to you. Especially when you start using it to compare yourself to others instead of using it as MOTIVATION.
You know what I mean…
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram endlessly looking at pictures of other people, maybe even other POPsters, friends or complete strangers, and you start comparing yourself to them? Since social media is highly visual, we tend to look at other people and compare our bodies to them. Then the thoughts start to run wild…
Why am I not skinny like her?
She has nicer abs than me.
She’s prettier than me.
She has it all together.
Why isn’t my life as good as hers?
See how toxic it can be? I’m guilty of it too. Sometimes I’ll find myself seeing pictures of other people and start to question my own body and worth. But that’s wrong. Like I always tell you, comparison is the thief of joy.
I am going to share with you some quick and simple tips that will help you stop scrolling through IG every morning wishing you looked like someone else, and instead USING social media as a positive motivational tool.
Tip #1 – Unfollow or unfriend people who instantly make you feel bad about yourself.
If you look at at account and you instantly get a negative feeling – whether it be comparison, jealousy or whatever. Then know that it’s OKAY to completely unfollow someone. The people you follow should be people who inspire and motivate you to reach your goals and be a better person. You don’t want toxic people in your real every day life, so they shouldn’t be on your social media either.
Tip #2 – Know the difference between social media and real life.
Pictures can be photoshopped and changed. We can take pics at different angles with certain lighting to make ourselves look leaner, or have a bigger booty, or nicer abs. Know that a picture is just a picture. It is not always reality. Also, people tend to “play themselves up” on social media. What I mean by that is we tend to only highlight the GOOD moments in life instead of showing weaknesses or struggles. It may seem like someone’s life is all together, but it may not be 100% realistic. So be smart about what you see and don’t let it get to you – it may not be true.
Tip #3 – Accept that we are all different.
When you look at someone’s profile and you see their fitness journey – know that their body and their life is DIFFERENT than yours. We aren’t all the same. So, it’s not realistic to even start comparing ourselves to others. Instead, use their journey and progress as MOTIVATION for you to start living healthier and working harder.
Tip #4 – Know when to put the phone down and live.
Social media is a huge part of my business. Like I said before, without it, there wouldn’t even be Blogilates! But we need to learn when it’s time to put the phone down and start to live in the moment. That is when you will truly start to live and do things for yourself, not for others. That is when you will stop comparing yourself to strangers on the Internet and start LOVING yourself and your body because YOU are amazing. Even I have to take the time to turn off and just relax. Honestly, social media can be stressful and it shouldn’t be!
Social media is an amazing outlet that allows us connect and create friendships worldwide. It can be used as motivation and inspiration. But when you find yourself getting down and jealous of other people, it’s time to take a moment and step back. Either unfollow them, or figure out WHY their one simple post is making you feel that way. Is it because you’re insecure of yourself? You don’t feel good enough? Well YOU ARE. You are capable and you are strong. So I encourage you to be that positive, real role-model on Instagram, Facebook, etc. Be that person who is real and honest about their journey. It will push others to do the same. That’s why I encourage you to post about your PIIT28 journey. The success and happiness that you achieve will motivate others to achieve that too!
Do you find social media overall a positive and motivational, or degrading and harmful? Leave your thoughts below!