It’s no secret that social media can be addictive. For some people, it’s a way to stay connected with friends and family. But for others, social media can be a way to escape from reality or obsess over the lives of others. Being addicted to social media can cause mental health problems, lower your self-confidence, cause you to miss out on real life, and be a complete waste of your time.
If you’re one of those people who can’t help but check social media every five minutes, the following 10 affirmations can help you break your addiction and get on with your life.
1. I Am In Control Of My Social Media Usage
It’s important to affirm that you are in control of your social media usage and that you don’t let social media control you.
2. I Don’t Need Social Media To Validate My Worth
One of the main reasons people get addicted to social networking sites is that they’re looking for validation. They want to see how many likes their latest post gets, or how many people are commenting on their photos.
But the truth is, your worth doesn’t depend on likes, shares, and comments.
It depends on how you feel about yourself in real life and what you do in this world to make a difference.
Perhaps this is why so many big YouTubers or bloggers have mental health issues. They disconnect from their true worth and base it on how their channel or blog is doing.
3. My Happiness Doesn’t Come From Social Media
Another reason people get addicted to social networking sites is that it makes them feel happy. But that happiness is only temporary, and it’s not real. It comes from likes and interactions, usually based on lies or half-truths.
If you’re relying on social media for happiness, you’re never going to find true and lasting happiness. True happiness comes from within, and when you stop obsessing over sites like Facebook, for example, you will feel happier.
4. I Am Not Missing Out If I’m Not On Social Sites
People often feel like they’re missing out if they’re not on social networking sites like Instagram or Twitter. But the truth is, you’re not missing out on anything.
Social media is not real life! It’s a curated version of people’s lives that they share on the internet. It’s often fake. It’s a collection of opinions and situations and videos or photos that users carefully plan because they want others to think about them in a certain way.
If you are addicted to a social network, you are missing out on life! Real life! Where you learn, grow, succeed, have fun, laugh, share, and connect with real people.
5. I Don’t Need A Social Networking Site To Stay Connected To Friends And Family
Just because you’re not on social networking sites doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected with your friends and family. There are other ways to stay in touch with the people you care about, like picking up the phone or sending a text message.
In fact, it’s probably not a good idea to connect with real friends and family on social media sites. This is because they get caught up in posting things to portray a certain image, and it can be a mismatch from what you know about them in real life. This can be annoying and frustrating and affect your relationship.
For instance, one woman found out important information about her best friend on Facebook. Her friend was consistently trying to maintain an image to her ‘friends’ and so it became a priority over real life. She would often post important messages and updates (like the death of her dog) on Facebook before she would call her best friend to give her the news. This made that woman view her friend as an egomaniac who needed fake support (likes and comments) more than real support in her life.
6. I Can Live Without Social Media
This affirmation is a reminder that being on social networks is not essential to your life. You can live without them.
If you don’t believe that, ask anyone who was around before social media how well they lived, and you will find that they will probably tell you they lived better – with less worry, fear, anger, and stress.
So not only can you live without logging into your social sites, you can live better.
7. I Am Choosing To Use Social Media In A Healthy Way
If you find that social media is something you can’t live without, then it’s important to start affirming that you are going to use it in a healthy way. That means setting limits for yourself and being intentional about how you use social media.
For example, you might decide to only check a specific social site once a day, or to only use it for a specific purpose, like keeping up with a news topic.
8. I Am Not Less Of A Person Because I’m Not Using Social Media All The Time
This affirmation is a reminder that your value as a person doesn’t depend on social media. Just because you’re not on social media doesn’t mean you’re worth any less as a person.
You’re not weird.
You’re not abnormal.
You just know that it’s wasting your time and you are using your time for better things.
9. I Can Do Other Things With My Time When I Get Off Social Sites
If you find yourself spending hours on social sites, it’s important to remind yourself that there are other things you could be doing with your time.
Just to name a few:
- Spend quality time with friends and family.
- Actively looking for your soulmate in real-life places where they could be.
- Working on goals that will help you have the quality of life you want.
- Working on personal hobbies that make you happy.
10. Social Media Is Not Real
It’s important to remember that most of what you see on social networking sites is not real life. It’s a curated version of people’s lives that they share on the internet. social media is not an accurate portrayal of reality, and it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re comparing your life to what you see on social media.
In other words, if you are plugged into social networking sites and spend most of your time on them, then you’re living in the matrix and it’s time to wake up!