Technology Increasing Anxiety

I have always been a very anxious person, WITHOUT technology. With technology, I am even more anxious.

Technology makes me feel as though I am not good enough or as if I am missing out on things. FOMO. The Fear Of Missing Out. Technology is so advanced to the point where we can see what someone is doing every single day with social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We have evolved in society to base our lives on these sites. We post about our victories, dinners, foods, parties, etc. All the fun things in life. We only see the positives of someones day. But we forget to acknowledge the fact that no-one is posting about the bad parts about their day. Like when they spilled coffee on themselves, or when they failed a test. As a society, we are so caught up in being afraid of missing out, we forget to worry about our own mental health.

I admit it, I’m guilty of being afraid of missing out. When I go onto my snapchat ands my friends out at a party, and I’m just laying in bed, I get very upset and anxious. I feel as though I did something wrong. I over analyze the situation. Instead of focusing on what makes me happy, I try to do something that allows me to fit in. Trust me, we’ve all done this.

Here are some tips to stop this FOMO feeling and start to enjoy the moment that we are currently in.

  1. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE- the simplest and most easiest way to not be sad that your friends are out when your in studying is to just put your phone away. Relax. Spend some time by yourself. Treat yourself without having to find approval from others.
  2. You don’t need to post about everything that is happening in your life- people feel as though they need to prove something by taking the best picture and posting it on snapchat. For what? To impress a crush? To make people jealous? Why does that matter? You should care about making yourself happy, not fulfilling someone else phonestandards.
  3. Delete your social media- I have gone so far as to delete my snapchat. I deleted it for awhile because I was so caught up in other people, that I never lived in the moment. After I learned how to deal with living in the moment, I re-downloaded snapchat and I use it as a way to promote my dog walking business instead of using it to capture every moment of my life.

 

Yes, some of these may seem hard, or even impossible. Some people will even say that this is not the way to deal with this. We are all open to our opinions, I’m just sharing what has worked for me! I hope it has helped someone! I challenge you to not go on social media for one full day ! Comment below when done and tell me your results of how you feel! Thanks! (and remember that you are loved and you are enough )

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