Does scrolling through your Instagram feed makes you feel gloomy about how you are living your life?
Do you follow people who motivate you to do better or who make you question your way of living?
How often do you visit your social media and end up getting disappointed because you don’t have that ‘luxury’ others have and complain about it?
Are there any ‘Influencer accounts’ in your feed that you feel happy watching them grow, support them whole-heartedly and want to grow too as they have?
Are there any ‘influencer’ accounts that you follow, resonate some sort of negative vibes which you don’t realize but are doing you more harm than good?
If you were nodding all throughout these questions with a firm “Hell-yeah Gratisoul, that’s me” Then I welcome you to my fourth episode of ‘CONFUSED LIFE’ Series. Missed the previous three episodes? Don’t worry, I got your back… Here’s the link, go read it and make your parents, uncle, and aunties read these blogs too because there is something to read for everybody and also show them that you are doing something productive and it doesn’t always mean that you are stalking your crush on Instagram. BRB saw a chocolate fountain on my feed and I am droollliinnnggg!! (#FoodIsMyOnlyCrush)
Yeah, I ate a whole bar of Bournville (I have zero resistance when it comes to chocolate). Now, that my heart is happy, I’ll make yours happy too by giving you 5 tips on how you can also ‘live your best life’ like others on your social media (Maybe even better than them).
5 TIPS ON HOW TO ‘LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE’ ONLINE
1. DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING
People show the best versions of themselves on social media. You’ll never see anybody crying over their past relationships or hardships that they faced. They’ll show you the highlight of their lives, their success stories, their beautiful travel sagas and how everything is ‘perfect’ in their lives. Let me break that ‘false-reality’ for you.
It’s a human tendency that we idolize the ‘too good to be true’ scenarios but don’t want to work that hard.
If you see a person ‘wander-lusting’, traveling to beautiful countries and feel pathetic that you are doing nothing while they are travelling the world, then despite blaming them that ‘Wow, it must be so amazing to travel so lavishly, they must be quite wealthy to afford such a life’.
YOU MIGHT BE WRONG
Yeah, they might be well-off but the other scenario could be that they always wanted to travel the world, so they earned a living for them through jobs, saved money during that time, and now they have got the chance to travel full time because they earned it. One such example is Bruised Passports. Go follow them, read their story and they earned it through their hard work!!
If you feel that your social media have accounts that resonate some sort of negative vibes through the way they display their life, pretend to be like someone, boast about their ‘prized-possessions’ all day long or due to any other reason (Like they are your ex) just UNFOLLOW them. They are not good for your mental health.
Even if you like to watch them, see what they are doing with their lives but you still dislike them (Yeah, we all are weird beings), the best way is to unfollow.
By unfollowing them you’re doing a favor to protect your happiness and peace of mind in the long run.
3. IDOLIZE ‘REAL’ STORIES
If you are a fantasist, then fantasize ‘real-stories’ because that’ll help you to actually grow. I fantasize Lilly Singh aka Superwoman. I admire how she started from the bottom, became the richest Youtuber, wrote a book, did a world tour for her short film and now she is doing her own TV show. That’s what makes me want to hustle more, work more and dream more.
It’s who/ what we see online and offline that defines what kind of a person we are or want to be. So, if you think that your life is not going as you thought it should have been going, then you should check who you are following first.
4. APPRECIATE OTHERS
Connect with people who are good for your career, your mental health and with whom you feel happy. If you think they are doing amazing things in their lives appreciate them through direct message, commenting on their posts or meeting them in real life (Become an admirer of their work/personality rather than a stalker of your ex)
Appreciating people for being genuine to themselves, their work and to others is a healthy way of building a true bond and also, we get to learn different things from them too which we can inculcate in our lives.
5. IT’S YOUR FEED!!
It’s your feed, your life, your rules. So, you don’t need any reason to follow/unfollow someone. If you feel mesmerized while watching Pandas playing with each other (Yup, my guilty pleasure) go follow them, nobody is judging you for that. Similarly, if you don’t like a person who is just boasting about their cars, partying away their life, you can unfollow them because you probably don’t want to see others drenched in alcohol and groovin’ while you are sitting in your PJ’s and watching reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Yes, I am that obsessive person #SorryNotSorry)
DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. PERIOD.
‘Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them!! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.’
LIVE SIMPLE. LIVE HAPPY. LIVE FREE.
Also, if you have some life-related questions or confusions to be answered, write them in the comments below and I’ll make them a part of this series!
Now go follow those dancing pandas and be happy!
Until then live positively and happily!