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How To Stop Comparing Yourself On Social Media

So, we all do it. We’ve all been guilty of comparing ourselves to others. I mean, it’s human nature to a certain extent. However, with social media being so prominent I think that comparing ourselves to others is easier than ever. I think Instagram can get especially bad. I know that I’ve definitely gotten lost in the sea of scrolling through countless accounts and photos to the point where I start to compare myself.

Whether you have 10 followers or 10 million, we all do it. Everyone is guilty of comparing themselves to others at one point or another. So don’t feel bad! You’re not alone! However, I do think it is a bad habit that we all need to break so here are some things that have helped me steer clear of playing the comparison game. And I will say, while it still does happen from time to time, it’s pretty rare that I get into the “comparison” mode.

1. Stop following anyone that makes you feel bad about yourself. This is a BIG one. If someone you follow is making you feel bad about who you are, or you are constantly comparing yourself to them–STOP FOLLOWING THEM. You should only spend time and energy following people that make you feel positive and inspire you. I’m not saying that anyone is making you feel bad on purpose. However, if a certain account is constantly having you compare yourself and feel bad then you need to eliminate them from your feed. This goes for my feed included. If for whatever reason I am making you feel bad and I am not inspiring you in some way then please unfollow me. I hope this isn’t the case as I try to be very transparent with you guys, but I still stand by what I say.

2. Limit your time on social media. Having a job that is social media, it can be really hard for me to do this. But I’ve realized that the more I focus on myself and my own content, the less likely I am to compare myself to others. Again, it’s great to look at other people for motivation and inspiration but sometimes it just gets to be too much. If you find yourself going down the rabbit hole of comparison–take some time away from social media!

3. Focus on what you do have. Listen–there are always going to be people who have more than you, and there will always be people that have less than you. That’s life. If you’re constantly focusing on what you don’t have then you will never be happy. Focus on what you do have, what you’ve accomplished, and what makes you proud of you who you are.

4. Remember that no one is perfect. It is so hard to see beyond a perfect photo sometimes. At the end of the day though, just because someone displays beautifully curated photos on IG, or a “perfect” life on facebook, remember that they are human too. We all have our struggles despite what it may look like on the outside.

Do you guys feel like these tips are helpful? Or have you found anything that has helped you stop comparing yourself? xx C

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22 Comments

  1. Mei Man
    March 11, 2018 / 2:14 am

    Great post, Claire! This is so relevant beyond social media, but just life in general, although social media has definitely amplified these feelings of insignificance, envy, thus fostering these comparisons. The more we focus on bettering ourselves and less on what others are doing, the happier and more successful we will be. That’s not to say we shouldn’t admire influencers or public figures, but we just need to be cognizant of when it’s becoming detrimental to our own growth.

    P.S. I love that you’re creating content on more platforms now. Keep crushing it.

    Love you!
    Mei (aka @energibites on IG)

    • Claire Guentz
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      hey mei! yes i totally agree–it’s great to look at other people for inspiration and motivation but when it goes beyond that and you start comparing it just takes away from your own success and happiness! And thank you so much!! Appreciate all the support girl xx 🙂

  2. March 11, 2018 / 2:15 am

    Great post, Claire! This is so relevant beyond social media, but just life in general, although social media has definitely amplified these feelings of insignificance, envy, thus fostering these comparisons. The more we focus on bettering ourselves and less on what others are doing, the happier and more successful we will be. That’s not to say we shouldn’t admire influencers or public figures, but we just need to be cognizant of when it’s becoming detrimental to our own growth.

    P.S. I love that you’re creating content on more platforms now. Keep crushing it.

    Love you!
    Mei (aka @energibites on IG)

  3. Kaylee
    May 10, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    Hi Claire!

    I love your star necklace. Where is it from?

    • Claire Guentz
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      thanks! brooklyn grace jewelry 🙂

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