And don’t let the online fakers get you down.
Is there anything more depressing than scrolling through endless photos of celebrities doing cool stuff and your friends having the best fun ever while you’re stuck there stressing over exams, worrying about your future or just bored out of your brain because nothing’s going on? It’s easy to start thinking everyone else in the world has a better life than you – but remember you’re only seeing an edit.
And when you’re showing the world a constant edited version of your life, it can be stressful to keep that up over time. It’s like wearing a mask instead of showing your real face.
In fact, you’re better off being your true self on social media. According to psychological research, being authentic is the key to self-worth, even online. All those likes and love-hearts mean nothing if they’re going to a fake version of you, right?
While we’re talking up research, it’s also shown people are happier when they can get out and connect with friends and family in real life. That doesn’t mean staying in touch on social media is a bad thing (or that online relationships aren’t “real”) – it means you should do your best to catch up with your mates outside of your phone. It’ll make you feel more connected, healthier in the mindtanks and engaged with the world.
And the best part? You’ll have some excellent photo ops for Insta, to make someone else jealous for a change!
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