How To Live Beyond the Illusions of Social Media

Our Wellbeing Expert, Sam Sargent, provides her top tips to help you navigate and see beyond the often deceptive world of social media. 

It’s my belief that we all have the ability to create and enjoy an exciting, considerate, happy and healthy life and living. The only thing stopping us is ourselves. This is the very essence of what I like to write about, providing tools and tips that can help bring about long term holistic happiness, if you're willing to choose it.

Life today is fast paced. Most of us are faced with stress on a day-to-day basis whether it be physically, emotionally or energetically. It is inevitable that most of us will come across challenges in our life. In order to enjoy optimum wellness and harmony, it would be helpful if we learnt how to deal with those challenges and nurture ourselves on all levels, inside and out.

We all deserve to radiate with energy, starting the day packed full of motivation and maintain that lively feeling throughout the day; handle ordinary day-to-day stress calmly and with confidence; end the day peacefully, slipping in to bed relaxed before easing in to a tranquil sleep. We also deserve to have and maintain kind and nurturing relationships with other people and, more importantly, with ourselves. And sometimes life can throw a few curve balls with our days being not-so-happy. It happens.

With the direction that social media has been heading recently it’s no wonder so many of us have wellbeing in the forefront of our minds. It’s impossible to look at a digital device without a green juice, yoga pose or idyllic island holiday vista appearing in our vision. But please whatever you do, DO NOT compare yourself to these images. Judging yourself for not being able to stretch that deep, eat that lean, or afford that trip, is a one-way ticket to imprisoning yourself behind bars of delusion. Yes, some of the images are incredibly beautiful and inspiring. But that’s where it stops. Simply because not everything is the way it appears to be. Comparing your life or self to these images is a recipe for jumping down the rabbit hole of debilitating self-judgment.

Today, and every day forward, if you do engage with social media, please do so without judgment. Keep searching and seeking for more of what brings you wellbeing and joy, and more of what brightens your world. Gift yourself the space to get in touch with what is truly true for you. Not what’s true for someone else and certainly not what a brand has beautifully orchestrated with a crew of 10 or 20 to create the ‘perfect’ image of wellbeing and beauty.  Be YOU.

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