How many of us scroll through Instagram and social media only to (subconsciously) compare ourselves to what we see? I know I do it from time to time. In the past, I would do it almost on a daily basis - definitely not healthy behaviour at all. But it is something we all do, whether we like to admit it or not.
So, how can we check ourselves before we get trapped comparing ourselves to others? Here are some tips that worked for me in dealing with this and I hope they work for you too!
1 - Remember that social media is often the highlight reel to someone's life. Instagram and social media is pretty much a stage where we all put our best foot forward. Keep that in mind next time you think someone has "the perfect life".
2- Log off! Sounds harsh, but sometimes you need to just give yourself a break from social media to enjoy life and realize that your life and all that it involves isn't so bad either!
3-Everyone is different - again, everyone is different! This means that their path is different from yours. It's not the same and it's okay, in fact it's better that way! You have your own way of accomplishing things and just because that person is where you'd like to be, you won't take the exact same way there. So carve your own path and enjoy the ride!
4- Your chapter one is different from someone else's chapter 23. Just because someone else looks like they're doing better or are where you want to be, doesn't mean that you won't get there or they're better than you. We all had to start somewhere!
5- Celebrate your own victories. Let me tell you, it's super easy to get caught up in other people's wins over your own. I mean, people love sharing good news on social media! But while you're cheering someone else on, don't forget to celebrate all your accomplishments even though they may seem small to you.
How do you conquer the comparison game?
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