You’ve heard it before: Social media causes depression. While that is true—scientists are on top of it—there are ways to stay happy while scrolling through your phone for days on end.
I used to get in a slump when I saw pictures of friends at parties I wasn’t invited to, or friends traveling to exotic places, or friends who I am just now realizing I haven’t talked to in a long time and aren’t my friends anymore.
Needless to say, I was depressed and social media was a culprit. I saw the world participating in an endless ecstasy orgy and I wasn’t involved. FOMO was depressing me. So, I had to do some readjusting.
Here’s how I did it:
Follow accounts and join groups with like-minded people: No, Sydney, I don’t care about your trips to Turks and Caicos, and Jim, I’d rather drink pee than see another one of your, “my feet hurt from working” posts.
I hit those unfollow buttons a while ago, and chose to flood my Facebook feed with posts from the House Plant Hobbyist, Cat Whiskers, Dogspotting, and This Cat is CHONKY groups. Trust me, they’re so much more worthwhile than your uncle’s second prime rib of the week photo. While you’re binge-following, follow this page, too. 🤓
I mean, how could you be depressed looking at this:
Let’s get egotistical: I rarely see what is going on in other people’s lives nowadays, including my friends (sorry y’all. Let’s grab a drink sometime). Instead, I just look at the photos of myself, because self-love is key.
In fact, scrolling through my own Instagram wall is one of my favorite past times, especially as I’m poneing (yes, I said poneing, hello middle-school) my own photography game. It’s hard to be depressed when you realize you’re a goddess, ya know?
Watch Jonathan Van Ness’s figure skating progress on IG: It’s been like, what, three months and JVN is already slaying the game, gliding on the ice like an arctic gazelle? The amount of times I’ve watched him fall on his heinie and get back up again is beyond inspiring.
Can you believe? I mean, the tutu! And, if you can’t get enough of him, watch him give affirmations to total strangers. It’ll lift you up.
Remember everything is fake: It’s been said a thousand times but I’ll say it again. Yes, the Kardashians are livin’ it up, but those butts caNNOT be real. Who knows, maybe the chonky cats are photoshopped (but only haters will believe that). And my photo in California doesn’t show the five miles I walked in a torrential downpour and gale-force winds to see some elephant seals in mating season.
That being said, life is not as fun as social media makes it out to be. Remember that, because somehow that’s a positive statement. 👍🏻