While social media has brought a lot of good to the world, it’s also been a catalyst for many to struggle with mental health, self-esteem issues, bullying, and more. Because of the 24/7 access that social media provides to users, the challenge of discerning what’s real and what’s not becomes more difficult to understand.
In this post, we discuss how social media can actually discourage people on how to be creative. If you notice any of these things happening to you while you’re scrolling social media or when you think about checking in on one of your apps, it may be time to reevaluate your relationship with social media because of the way it’s affecting your creativity and overall mental health.
The constant consumption of scrolling online sites and staring at our phones is much more detrimental to our health than we realize.
A common side effect of over-consumption of social media is a condition called decision fatigue. It occurs when a person experiences high levels of stress, anxiety, or exhaustion. The human brain is a muscle. So, when a muscle gets overworked, it becomes gradually more tired with time. Eventually, like any other muscle, the brain needs to rest in order to recover.
Social media can cause your brain to fatigue quicker because the scrolling, interactions, and consumption are virtually never-ending. The best way to combat (or to avoid entirely) decision fatigue is by setting boundaries for yourself on these apps.
Avoid checking social media right when you wake up in the morning. Start your day on a positive note with some meditation, stretching, gratitude exercise, or just a fresh cup of coffee. There’s plenty of time to check in with your community on social media. Starting the day focused and centered on yourself will allow more space for creative thinking, productivity, and overall contentment.
Playing the comparison game
Scroll through any social media app like Instagram, and you’ll see some really compelling content. Social media platforms have given brands mostly free reign to creatively share their personality and interact with people all over the world. This part of social media is amazing — many businesses wouldn’t be nearly as successful without the support of these apps.
However, for individual users who follow their friends, family, influencers, celebrities and the like… social media can be exhausting, overwhelming, and unhealthy. The constant comparison game fuels by facades and filters that don’t tell the whole story, and are an edited glance at someone’s real life.
Comparing someone else’s life, decisions, and choices can have a negative impact on your creativity and inspiration.
For example, when you see someone you follow post their favorite outfit and your personal style is something totally different, embrace that! Don’t pay any mind to how many likes or comments they’re getting.
Living freely and embracing your creativity means being an individual. Those you follow on social media are being themselves, and you should enthusiastically do the same. If you’re trying to find tactics on how to be more creative, try to follow accounts that are creatively different from what you typically follow, and find inspiration there.
We’re all inspired by different things
And that’s perfectly OK! We are all wired differently; that’s the beauty of humanity. What’s inspiring to one person may fall short for you, and vice versa. And that’s why to be creative you have to be yourself.
Each person’s perspective and appreciation of beauty, creativity, and art are altered and affected by our life experiences. An over-exposure of what society deems inspirational can be deflating to those who view beauty, creativity, and art differently.
By determining what inspires you and how you define beauty and creativity, you will find staying true to your own opinions will be much easier.
In reality, the things about you that are different from most people are what makes you special, unique, and irreplaceable.
Social media creates a lot of unnecessary noise in our lives. The most important thing to remember when scrolling your favorite apps is simple — nearly everything you see is altered, modified, and filtered in some way. Be your true self, unapologetically, and your creativity will shine.
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