Do This One Thing, Feel Instantly Better

For the amount of time I spend mindlessly skimming my Instagram feed, I realized: it was kind of bumming me out. There’s this perverse need to follow people we envy, whose lives look more glamorous than ours, even if it brings us down every time we scroll by their photos. But why??? Just recently, I started “following” someone with a fabulous wardrobe. Every day, her photo popped up, wearing all the Madewell stuff I want right now and can’t afford. It dawned on me: the only purpose her photos served in my feed were to make me feel bad. It wasn’t her fault (at all), but mine. It was my choice to create that constant reminder.

And then I thought about that wildly popular book about tidying up (have you read it?), and this quote spoke to me:

“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”

If my Instagram feed is curated by me, than why should it be anything but a source of joy, comic relief, and empathy? With that in mind, I’ve started unfollowing accounts. It’s liberating, and feels oddly empowering. I highly recommend it!

Image via Modern Hepburn.

8 thoughts on “Do This One Thing, Feel Instantly Better

  1. I totally agree! I recently had to weed out the blogs I follow because it gave me the same “unattainable life” feeling, which led to online shopping. I think 2017 is going to be a year of filtering in many forms!

  2. Joy, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve done this with Facebook friends, too. Another benefit is that I find myself actually spending less time on FB now because I have less “friends” (aka people I haven’t seen in 5 years) to compare myself to.

  3. This is great advice. I’ve unfollowed many people on Instagram and I’ve even hidden many friends on Facebook that complain daily or are emotionally exhausting. I felt guilty at first but now it’s so refreshing. Glad I’m not telling the only one doing this.

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