Escaping the Trap of Social Media Validation for Better Mental Health. In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our lives. However, the constant pursuit of validation through likes and comments can have a significant impact on our mental health. As a Mindset Reprogramming Expert, I have experienced the impacts of “Likes and Comments” on my mental health. I am sure you have to, but continue to let the fingers scroll, and the mind takes a toll.
Feeling exhausted and drained from the dependence on likes and comments, I realized that social media was taking over my life. I found myself constantly glued to my phone, anxiously waiting for the next person to comment or like my posts. While positive feedback brought temporary happiness, negative or underwhelming responses would leave me questioning my self-worth. I began to compare myself to other spiritual coaches, thought leaders, and others who are in the same industry. Seeing all the comments on their pages led to feelings of inadequacy and energetic depletion after scrolling through social media.
For the last ten years since I started my online coaching and healing business, I believed that receiving comments and likes was essential to growing your business and becoming well known in the industry. In my mind, it was starting to become a popularity contest. Which took me back to high school.
We all want to be seen and heard.
However, as time went on, I recognized that this mindset was negatively impacting my mental and physical well-being. I realized that my purpose extended far beyond the number of likes or comments I received. It was about making a genuine impact on others and staying true to my message.
To break free from the validation chase, I made a conscious decision to change my relationship with social media, starting with Instagram. I released the need for constant validation and focused on sharing my message without the burden of expectations. While it was challenging at first, I began to notice significant improvements in my mental state.
Here are some amazing benefits you can look forward to when you decide to Let GO:
Freedom from Comparison:
By relinquishing the pursuit of likes and comments, I freed myself from the toxic cycle of comparison. Instead of measuring my worth against others, I embraced my unique journey and focused on personal growth and self-acceptance. This newfound freedom allowed me to foster a healthier sense of self-esteem and appreciate my individuality.
Authenticity and Inner Validation:
Letting go of external validation enabled me to tap into my own intuition and trust my instincts. I started prioritizing my own values and beliefs, leading to a more authentic expression of myself. I learned to validate my ideas and opinions, discovering the power of self-assurance and self-reliance.
Reduced Anxiety and Stress:
The constant anticipation of likes and comments can create significant anxiety and stress. By disconnecting from this cycle, I experienced a sense of calm and relief. I found myself worrying less about how others perceived me and instead focused on my own well-being. This shift allowed me to prioritize self-care and mental health, leading to a more balanced and peaceful state of mind.
Improved Emotional Well-being:
Letting go of the validation chase resulted in enhanced emotional well-being. I no longer experienced the emotional roller coaster tied to social media engagement. Instead, I found joy in the act of sharing my message without relying on external validation. This newfound emotional stability allowed me to cultivate a more positive and resilient mindset.
In the pursuit of likes and comments, it can be easy to overlook genuine connections. By giving up this chase, I was able to redirect my energy toward cultivating authentic relationships. I focused on engaging in meaningful conversations and building connections based on shared values and interests. These authentic connections provided a sense of belonging and support, contributing positively to my mental health.
Waiting for likes and comments on social media can create a toxic environment that negatively impacts mental health. The anticipation of validation can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Additionally, the lack of response or negative feedback can result in feelings of rejection and further exacerbate mental health issues. The constant pressure to present a perfect image and receive validation can create a cycle of dissatisfaction, self-doubt, and diminished self-esteem.
We can create a healthier relationship with social media by using our intuitive guidance. Remember, your worth is not determined by likes or comments but by the impact you make on yourself and others. So, take a courageous step, disconnect from the validation chase, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and improved mental well-being.
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