Life is bloody stressful. With social media capturing our attention 24-7 it can be hard to manage expectations or even your own level of realism. Don’t get me wrong I am hooked on Snapchat. I find it fascinating that we are able to look at snapshots of people’s lives from around the world taking a glimpse at Passover or The Everest Base Camp. It’s mind-blowing that we now have the technology to be connected to strangers across the other side of the world sneaking a glimpse into their lives. It’s super cool but man can it be stressful too. All of a sudden we have the ability to compare ourselves and our day to day lives to millions. Great right? Not so much when you are a twenty something year old woman wrapped in the world of comparison and scrutiny.
So how do you survive a stressful day? Naturally a quick 20 minute break to catchup on the latest snaps can sound quite relaxing but in hindsight it only adds to the pressure. Recently I’ve found it increasingly hard to switch off. I might relax on the sofa watching the latest Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode however mere moments later you’ll find me with my phone also in hand scrolling through Instagram or Twitter. The ability to just be is suddenly unachievable. I once had a beauty treatment where I was wrapped up in cling film obvs and was told to just lie there for 45 minutes. It was torture. I spent the entire time working out how to jump down and grab my phone.
My brain is always going a mile a minute, thinking, planning, wondering. It’s a skill required for my job but when I come home it can feel near on impossible to rest that over-active mind. Even on holiday I’ve lost the ability to relax with a book, instead I’m scrolling through Bloglovin or my YouTube subscription feed. I tell myself it’s okay as it’s what I enjoy to do however in reality it fills my mind with more people, opportunities, skills I want to emulate, incorporate or simply feel I can never match. With influencers forever being present, even on holiday, how do we compete? When the leaders never take a day off to rest it feels like the treadmill has gone up a notch and our legs are panicked in response.
I adore seeing inside exotic holidays dreaming of my next trip away but I can never stop myself from wondering how their partner feels with them always having a camera or phone in tow. Yes it’s the world we live in, constantly documenting our lives has become normality however it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. I think I have to remind myself that the world doesn’t end if I don’t know what’s happening. It’s not a life requirement to keep up and ultimately being able to recite everything a blogger got in a recent unboxing haul doesn’t give you an advantage in your next big work meeting. Just like what we see in the news we have to take social media with a pinch of salt and if we find ourselves getting too wrapped up it’s a sign to take a step back. Run yourself a bath and simply read a book. Turn your phone into airplane mode for a couple of hours. Go outside! Go for dinner with a friend and leave your phone in your bag. Life is happening right in front of us not just through our phones so breakaway, clear your mind and remember, you are awesome too.