Unplugging #WellnessWednesday

OK - I'm saying it. As much as I appreciate social media, and all it's done for the world of Journalism as whole, I don't actually love it as much as I should for someone in the digital media field.

On one hand, I love it as a working tool to promote my work and my business (and of course, share my experiences with my friends), but with someone who struggles with perfectionism - it kind of makes me go a little cray-cray. 

I don't know what irks me more - the girl on Instagram who constantly gloats about her 'perfect' life (which is always far from perfect - trust me), the girl on Facebook who airs all the dirty laundry surrounding her and her baby daddy's sh*tty relationship, or the dude's on Twitter rocking the 'Make America Great Again' in every selfie they post (those guys always post a little too many selfies). But this is just the tip of the ice burg. 

There's a fine line between logging on to social media and rolling your eyes at the person bragging about their new relationship every other post - and actually feeling anxiety every time you open up your newsfeed. 

The news that came out today about Donald Trump banning transgender people from serving in US military has prompted me to take part in a social media purge. I have so much to comment on regarding this subject, but I'm going to stop here for the sake of my blood pressure.

I have realized that following accounts that make me feel bad about myself is just counter productive. Why do I follow 25 emaciated models who promote skinny tea? Am I just begging for excuse to feel bad about myself?

Over the past few weeks, I've really realized what is important - and things I used to care about, now seem ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, Social Media is a great thing - but like with everything, too much of it will cause more harm than good. 

When is the last time you had a social media purge? Perhaps it's time. Let me know in the comments below how you deal with social media anxiety.


- Lia Xo