I know how overwhelming scrolling through instagram can sometimes be.. believe me. Looking at everyones 'perfect' life, their 'perfect' outfits, their 'perfect' images - it feels overwhelming at times, which is why I'm here to remind you that no one is perfect - that IG image probably took 57 tries, 12 outfit changes and a great lighting set up!
A quote from a Forbes article regarding social media and mental health stated that...
'...social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. That is why social media use is often linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep'
So, in light of all of this, I'm going to get you to ask yourself three quietions when you feel that gut-wrenching feeling like you're not good enough when you see someone elses image on Instagram...
1. WHY AM I FEELING THIS WAY?
How does this users photo make you feel? Jealous? Like you should be doing more? We've all been there... By asking yourself how you are feeling about this image, and aknowledging your feelings, you can work towards a solution to not feel this way. You can even set a plan or a goal to try and reach what you want in the photo.
2. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
As just stated before, once you realise why you're feeling the way you do about this particular image, you can work on a solution! Let's say someone has set up a really nice flatlay, and you're feeling that your images just aren't up to scratch with theirs - you can look at the props they use in the images and gather inspiration from that, look at how they layer up and place items in the frame, the colours they use. Remember, practice takes perfect when creating images, and the more you create, the better you'll be at it!
3. HOW CAN FEEL POSITIVE WHEN SCROLLING THROUGH INSTAGRAM?
I know it's hard, with everyone's 'perfect' pictures - sunbathing on sandy beaches and what-not. Simple reminders such as 'I'm happy where I am', 'This image is really lovely, the creator should be proud' and 'My images are awesome, creative and reflect who I am' can really make a difference you how you approach other users images on Instagram. If you like an image on Instagram, why not comment on it and let the user know? Rather than dwelling in your feelings, let the person know you love their work - it'll make them and you feel happy too - and I'm super sure that someone out there will love the work you do too!
I hope these tips have helped you in some way!
Love, Kayleigh x