As many of you know, I have been active on Instagram for the past 10 months to promote My Lipstick Letters.From day one, I have disliked Instagram for many reasons that I’ll list below. As a result of quitting this social media platform, my anxiety has disappeared, FOMO is gone, and my self-confidence and peace of mind are in full swing. Getting back to the issue at hand, here are 2 reasons why I quit Instagram and feel fantastic!
1. I don’t care what others think about me.
As a result, I don’t feel the need to post every aspect of my life on social media. If I want to tell a funny story or share a beauty tip, I can text a friend or blog about it here! I’m not concerned with how others view me–I know I have a fantastic life and I’m counting my blessings. For example, I don’t need to broadcast how happy I am in my marriage. You can see it when my face lights up as I talk about my husband–not in photos that I post on Instagram for the world to see. I don’t feel an urge to share what I’m doing 24/7 to strangers online.
2. Instagram was too time-consuming.
Using an activity tracker, I realized that I was spending an average of 2-3 hours every day on Instagram. I felt obligated to engage with my peers and post every day or at least 5 days a week. Instead, I’m spending this time with my husband, at the gym, or blogging. I refuse to waste any more time scrolling.
To wrap it up…
Since I’ve quit Instagram, my mental health is thriving. I don’t feel frustrated if a post only gets 250 likes or if I lose 10 followers overnight because life is bigger and better than that. Instagram can be a welcoming community for some, but for me, it made me feel inadequate and second-best at times. My brain can’t handle so many people, photos, and stories all the time, either.
As for my blog , I get hits from google daily by using SEO and writing high-quality content. I am considering making a Pinterest for My Lipstick Letters and that excites me. Since quitting Instagram a few days ago, I am the happiest I’ve been all year. I wake up and feel calm–not anxious about how many likes my photo got overnight. If fun things happen and I feel an urge to share, that’s why this blog exists!
What is your relationship with social media? How do you find a balance? Or, have you left a platform to pursue your happiness?