Are you in need of a detox?
I’m not talking about a juice cleanse, Whole30, or any other detox associated with food. I’m talking about Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
In our society it’s natural to compare ourselves. That being said, are you constantly spending time looking at other people’s lives and not living your own? The girl with the 6 pack may be taking water pills and fat burners and feel horrible, binge eat on re-feed days, and then resort to a small amount of calories just for a few thousand ‘likes.’ What I’m saying is, if we’re going to post it, it’s usually your highlight reel. It’s the flowers your husband or boyfriend got you, the race you just completed, or the time you spent with your best friend. Not the fight, the sick child, or the time you wrecked your car.
I love documenting memories and adding photos to instagram as a way of remembering things, but I too have gotten caught up in the comparison game…and you know what? It’s not real. Everyone goes through challenging times and they’re not going to post about it…and that’s okay – but you’ve got to be aware of how much social media is affecting you and your life. Are you unhappy because you bought a house and you’re making some sacrifices to pay for it while your friends (that may or may not be in debt) take lavish vacations?
The point is that you have zero idea what that person is going through, but at the end of the day, you wouldn’t be happy with their life anyway. Why? Because it’s you! and your life! Think about it…even though Kim Kardashian’s life seems pretty spectacular, she still had a sex tape leak and faces all sorts of unkind people and scrutiny every single day. Maybe you wouldn’t be happy with her life.
God doesn’t make mistakes.
You have the perfect body type, hair color, weight, height, and thoughts to live YOUR life and purpose. I realized that I will probably never be a ballerina, but I was a kick ass soccer player..why? Because I build muscle faster than anything. I’m strong, confident, and even though I ended up playing golf in college, all of that led to meeting my husband and where I am today. He’s an incredible partner and supported me big time during all of my health challenges. If I hadn’t been cut out for golf there’s a chance my life would be completely different. Even though it’s hard to find a pair of jeans sometimes, having more muscle allows me to be more active and I’m thankful!
Action Steps for a quick DETOX!
- Unfollow accounts that you spend a long time obsessing over – it’s not healthy
- Unfollow accounts that encourage restriction/bingeing
- Limit your time on social media – like not looking at it when you get in bed
- Use social media for other things – like a fun new project or vision board
- Use the time you have for social media to get outside! Put your feet in the grass and reconnect with the earth.
- Join with others to disconnect at the dinner table and turn the TV off too