'Diet mentality' is sneaky. For example, if you're trying to up your exercise routine and fill your social media feed with fitness models because you find them inspirational, pay close attention to the conversation you're having with yourself. Motivation is important no doubt. However constantly supplying yourself with a continuous feed of #fitspo might trigger you to feel bad about yourself – and that's dangerous territory. If you're always thinking you could look better, you're forever going to have a distorted relationship with body image and will always be telling yourself that you don't like yourself how you are. So where are you left then... is it worth quitting social media?
Social media effects on happiness
Social media is a funny thing. Each of us has the choice as to who we allow into our space as well as who we follow. As a result, it's a complete reflection on ourselves. If you're being bombarded with images of skinny, white women in (most of the time painful looking) yoga poses, realise that you're not allowing yourself a true perspective of the world or for yourself for that matter. If images like these, no matter what your goal, are getting you down, stop. Make a change... and maybe consider this rule: only follow people on social media you would invite to a house party. At the end of the day, anyone you wouldn't invite over doesn't get an invite into your personal life either (it really works)!
The point is to pay close attention to the mind frame you're creating because it will shape your outlook on yourself, others and the rest of the world. Forget edited and filtered images of 'perfect' bodies on Instagram that are shared by people whose jobs are to work out and eat incredible restrictively. On the contrary, there are loads of incredible body-positivity accounts out there these day, so try to create a feed full of inspirational people who make you feel good about yourself and proud of your journey ad future goals. Making a positive change or a commitment to yourself is not about self-deprecation, rather about good vibes and encouragement that stem from truth within.
Take control of the messages you're feeding yourself. Today, we're always bombarded with messages in magazines and in advertising on how we should look, be or even feel. Social media is where we can take back the power... so start being mindful who you're inviting to the party!
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