3 Ways to clean up your social media timeline
So you’ve been scrolling through Instagram, you see some things you like, some things you love, and some things that make you laugh… But then you see something that makes you feel like your life isn’t as great as everyone else’s, right? I know how this can make you feel really demotivated, and how it can even make you want to get off social media for good. The truth is that this happens to the best of us, and it might mean it’s time to give your timeline a bit of a spring clean. Here are a few ways you can do just that.
Follow new people
Your social media timeline (On Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) is made up of posts that are sent by people you choose to follow or add as “friends”. Sometimes, seeing other people posting about the good things happening to them can make it feel like you’re the only one going through tough times. For example, if someone posts about getting a new car or a new job or even a new relationship, it can make you feel sad if that’s not something you have for yourself, or it can make you feel like you’re falling behind. Or you might be following celebs who constantly post about their fabulous life - but instead of feeling inspired you feel demotivated or envious. If your timeline is constantly making you feel negative about yourself and your progress in life, it might be a good idea to simply hit the unfollow button, Choma. This doesn’t have to mean there’s “beef” between you and the person if you know them in real life, but protecting your energy and your positivity is what’s most important. Always remember that things happen in different time for everyone, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Block negative words
Did you know that on Twitter, you can block certain words you don’t want to see or read about online? This helps if there’s a trending topic going around that upsets you or triggers a bad feeling like anxiety. Here are guides for Twitter and Facebook, as well as a guide for blocking negative comments on your Instagram posts.
Be honest in your posts
This can happen when you feel under pressure to pretend to live a life you’re not really living to other people online. The best thing you can do is to always be honest and positive in your posts. You never know, you might just inspire other people to do the same, which will make social media a much better place to be for everyone else.
In the end, it’s always important to remember that social media doesn’t define you. Everyone has a different situation and the best thing you can do for yourself is to be content with your own reality and your own progress in life. Always remember: one post online is just one moment in real life- it doesn’t show the full picture behind the scenes.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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