What once seemed like a harmless way to stay in touch with old friends and make new ones has turned into a major drain on our mental health. But it’s not a secret that social media has changed the way we gauge our self-worth and perceived happiness. In fact, positivity on social media can be deceivingly difficult to find. We intake hundreds, if not thousands, of images on social media every day. Each one of those sends a (usually subconscious) message to our brain, and we analyze how we stack up against others.
Even images that may seem “positive” in nature, such as your old classmate’s vacation pictures, could actually be stirring up negative thoughts (i.e. I wish I could take a week off, I don’t make enough money to take a vacation, etc.).
So today, I’m sharing 3 tips to proactively create a positive space on social media, followed by an interview with the creator of a positivity-focused Instagram account.
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After feeling a little lost after college graduation, Melanie created the @postivelysparkly Instagram account. The account focuses on positive affirmations, body positive quotes, encouraging words of self-love, and of course, lots of sparkle!
Melanie currently resides in New York, but loves to travel.
You’ll Learn: Positivity on Social Media
First, in this hybrid episode, you’ll learn how to maintain a positive headspace on social media by following my 3 actionable tips on your own social accounts. Then, you’ll hear “Positivity Enthusiast” Melanie Aman, who runs a positive-focused Instagram account that has amassed over 70K followers. We discuss how social media affects our self-esteem, how she practices positive affirmations in her own life, the inspiration behind starting the account, and more!
- 3 actionable tips to make your social media…
- Mentally Uplifting!
- Aligned with your life goals/desires!
How social media has changed the way we represent ourselves and interpret others
- The importance of protecting your mental wellbeing
- Overcoming the “dark side” of social media, avoiding comparisons, and finding happiness in your own life
Resources for Positivity on Social Media & Beyond
Melanie recommends the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. There are so many variations, but I chose to include the “Think Positive” copy since it ties in nicely with this episode. She also recommends “You are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero and “Girl, Wash your Face” and “Girl, Stop Apologizing,” both by Rachel Hollis.