The Overwhelm of Social Media: Should You Filter Your Feed?

No matter where you are, you’re probably going to see someone on their phone and scrolling through their social media feed. It doesn’t matter if you’re in line at Starbucks, lying on a beach someplace warm, or even sitting in your own living room. . . more often than not, this will be the reality for most (if not all) of us.

Social media has flooded our lives. In some cases, this is a wonderful thing. Social media can breed connection — connections with people all over the world you otherwise would likely have never crossed paths. It can be a source of inspiration or simply a creative outlet.

Of course, with the good comes the bad. And, well, social media can get downright ugly. Internet trolls abound, spewing hate to strangers in every corner of the world. Social media can often be fake, toxic, and contribute to someone’s anxiety, overwhelm, and comparing themselves to other people.

Filters have become synonymous with social media these days. Filters can be fun, downright frightening, and certainly don’t help the crisis of “comparison-itis” that affects just about every single one of us.

Trust me, I love a good filter. But it’s important for us to remember that we’re more than good enough without one.

That said, there is a filter that’s universally good: filtering your feed.

In my own social media experience, I used to follow influencers, fitness models, and a variety of other people who either

A) made me feel really bad about myself,

B) made me feel like I was behind in life,

C) made me think I needed to be like someone else to be “worthy,” or

D) all of the above.

Not exactly ideal, right? I’m venturing to guess you also might have felt like this a time or two (or fifty-eight). If this sounds like you, it might be time to filter your feed.

Unfollow anyone who makes you feel like the above scenarios. Don’t announce it (because it’s not their problem or concern), but do it for the sake of your mental health.

When I stopped following people who made me feel bad, unworthy, or like I had to be/dress/act/speak like them in order to get x, y, or z, things shifted. First, you’re not suffocating yourself with images of people or things that lower your vibration. Second, your making space for things or people that will raise it.

Wouldn’t you rather surround yourself with people who inspire you, celebrate you, and lift you up instead of people who bring you down and consistently make you feel like you’re not good enough?

I’m gonna go ahead and assume the answer to that is a resounding “YES!” but the truth is many times we do the exact opposite when it comes to our social media intake.

So. . .how are you going to filter your feed today?

Never forget: you’re good enough with and without a filter.

XO

Mikaela

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Trauma survivor + reformed f*ckboy dater. Lover of all things “woo woo.” Here to discuss what might be keeping you from the epic life you want + deserve.

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Mikaela Kostaras

Mikaela Kostaras

Trauma survivor + reformed f*ckboy dater. Lover of all things “woo woo.” Here to discuss what might be keeping you from the epic life you want + deserve.

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