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How to Use Instagram to Help Boost Your Self Esteem

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Instagram gets a lot of bad press for creating an environment that sabotages people’s self-esteem. The reality though is that Instagram is just the sum of its parts, and you can find negativity or positivity depending on what you are seeking out. There are plenty of ways to use Instagram and social media, in general, to improve your self-esteem and make your life better in meaningful ways. Here are a few ideas for using Instagram as a positive tool for improving your mindset.

Get a Better Idea of Body Types Range

Everyone’s body is unique, but not everyone ends up with a body shape that fits within the narrow definition of beauty. It’s also easy to get the wrong idea of the norm from fashion media. People come in all shapes and sizes, so if you are self-conscious about your body, then you need some better perspective on how common body diversity is. Instagram can be a great place to find people who have different body types and who have become comfortable with their body.

Be Inspired by Others Stories

A great way to overcome the negative habits in your life is to read about how other people have done this. Instagram is full of stories of people who had problems in their life and solved them with some self-awareness and perseverance. These posts can be a great encouragement to take a look at the real issues in your own life, get some better perspective on them, and motivate yourself to overcome those negatives.

Find Budget-friendly Fashion Ideas

While you may not be able to do much about the body attributes you were born with, you can do a lot about your clothing. Clothing is a great way to express your individuality and creativity and to enhance your positives. Clothing can be expensive, though, and you still need to work within a practical budget. Instagram can be a great place to find ideas and inspiration for a clothing ensemble that your bank account can live with.

Connect with Positive-minded Friends

The best way to improve your self-esteem is to surround yourself with people who have a realistic and positive attitude. Seek out people you can relate to who focus on self-improvement and self-awareness. Avoid the kind of people who are overly judgmental and who may undermine your self-esteem as a result without you realizing it.

But, Remember

Avoid the echo chambers, bullying, finger-pointing, and brigading parts of social media. Avoid the body shaming, homophobic, racist, and other prejudicial areas of Instagram and similar sites. These will put you into a negative mindset that will undermine your self-esteem and encourage you to undermine the self-esteem of others in the process.

A Note from GR8NESS

Like all social media sites, Instagram is whatever you make of it. It has enough diverse content to ensure that you can find parts of it that can add to your self-esteem and parts that can subtract from it. Choose to follow the parts that make you a better and more self-confident person and leave the parts that will make you miserable and less self-assured.

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