Living YOUR Best LifeJuly 17, 2015
The Body War against Social Media
Everyone has (or is currently) comparing themselves to someone else. With the boom of social media, it’s so darn hard not to (I am talking to you, style bloggers, who make your lives seem so perfect! Just kidding) Finding balance and happiness in your life is not always easy, but it is you and only you that can find it.
Instagram is my jam. I joined it about a year ago and haven’t looked back. The idea of following celebrities and other bloggers seemed oh so cool. I hardly post anything, but I love seeing what everyone else is up to, even though I don’t know about 75% of them. Each day I scroll through my newsfeed and am mesmerized by what my athlete and style “friends” have going on. Sometimes I feel motivated (“I want my shoulders to look like THAT!”) Some days I am jealous (“I wish I had the money to buy that…”) Instagram and I have a love/hate relationship these days. My husband recently found an article floating around Facebook (go figure) about people feeling badly about themselves who are apart of all the social media outlets and it got me thinking. Jealousy is a natural emotion and you just can’t turn it off. But, how you respond is what counts.
Exercise and reaching your fitness goals takes time. Lots of time. It also takes hard work. You will not see results right away and that is NORMAL. Instead of feeling jealous and having a pity party, focus on YOUR small changes and celebrate YOUR victories. Finally giving up ice cream every night? Great! Making the gym a priority 3 or more times a week? Awesome! Let yourself be the motivation each day to become that fit person you want to be. Everyone has their own fitness journey and it’s hard to look at these “celebrities” on social media without thinking that it looks so “easy” for them – I sometimes think that too.
Remember – your small steps to becoming healthier and fit are important! Don’t let social media bring you down. Who knows, YOU could be a person that someone else admires. Set good examples and keep moving forward!