How To Make Social Media Inspire You
I took a little break from social media to get my mind right.
Ok, so maybe a week isn’t that long, but taking any amount of time off from constantly checking social media can be super refreshing in this day and age. Something I struggle with (and I think many do) is focusing on what everyone else is doing and comparing myself to them. The more you compare, the more you start to feel inadequate and like you can be doing more, or like you just aren’t good enough. These negative thoughts are highly damaging to our well-being. Pair that with any other negative factors in your life, and that weight on your chest starts to get heavier. I needed a break to give myself time to realign my focus.
My eyes have been opened to the negative influences in my personal life that are preventing me from focusing 100% on what I need to do to better myself. I am a firm believer that people are a product of their environment. Surround yourself with toxic energy, and that is going to rub off on you, even if you don’t realize it. Your thoughts, mood, habits become entrenched with doubt. Your drive will slowly diminish. I cannot stress the importance of having a positive support group, whether friends, family, or even strangers. People that lift you up. People who understand you and even in the face of bad news, will look on the bright side of things. I no longer have room for pessimistic people in my life.
My Social Media Cleanse
There is a lot of negativity on the internet, but there is also a lot of inspiration! Though algorithms are always changing, we can still control what we see in our feeds. Every once in awhile I do a social media cleanse, to basically limit the b.s. This has become far more important the more I am focusing on building a future that heavily relies on social media. My points below are mostly focused on my lifestyle, but honestly you can apply the idea to your own lifestyle too. You know what you like and don't like, and maybe you want to take steps to limit the negativity you see and surround yourself with inspiration instead. So here goes:
I went through the pages and people I follow on Instagram and Facebook and unfollowed the ones that don’t have a positive impact on my mood.
Many Facebook pages post garbage, sensationalized clickbait articles. No thanks.
Some people I followed on Instagram for inspiration are clearly just posting selfies-disguised-as-motivation for likes. Buh-bye.
A lot of meme pages that I previously spent hours looking at for a laugh, started to really annoy me. Plus, scrolling memes took up most of my time on social media and I was just using that as a distraction from my problems. Not anymore.
Make sure the pages you follow, groups you're in, and friends you keep are really worth it.
I left some vegan groups because yes, preachy vegans do exist and criticizing others is counterproductive. These are supposed to be supportive spaces for like-minded people, yet hate creeps in and my patience quickly creeps out.
Some people I was "friends" with are just not my kind of people, and it's good to unfollow and unfriend those that crowd your feed with crap. We're too old to get mad about being unfriended (if we survived the dramas of Top 8's, we can end digital friendships).
There's this follow-for-follow culture on Instagram among influencers that just annoys the crap out of me (remember pc4pc? Ok, enough MySpace references). Some use bots, others use the shared lifestyles to promote MLMs. I just want to see pure talent and kind hearts, not to join your sales cult.
In all honesty, I would deactivate my Facebook page if it didn't affect my Kat's Kulture business page which suddenly has a lot of new followers (hi new friends!),
And finally, I made sure I am only following pages that will feed my inspiration.
For me, that's vegan chefs, vegan food companies, vegan cosmetic companies, conservancy organizations, and animal rescues. These are the things I want to see.
These simple actions help me to only see the things I need to stay focused, motivated, and driven. The goal of my blog is to inspire others who want to try, or are already on, a vegan journey. So here's a list of some of my favorite resources for vegan food, cooking, nutrition, entertainment, and news:
Gaz Oakley - Avant Garde Vegan
My absolute favorite person to watch and learn from. Gaz's passion alone is enough to make you want to jump right into the kitchen. Check out his videos on YouTube.
Chloe Coscarelli - Chloe was the first vegan to win a TV culinary competition. Her recipes are fairly simple and a good easy transition for those just starting out with vegan cooking.
Derek and Chad Sarno - Wicked Healthy - The Wicked Healthy Cookbook was the first vegan cookbook I bought. These brothers give it to you straight - "Healthy food doesn't have to taste like shit."
BOSH! - These two have some entertaining videos and create plant based masterpieces. They even have a new all-vegan cooking show.
The Happy Pear - These Irish twins truly promote not just healthy eating, but healthy living.
Julien Solomita - Yes, this vlogger has now started making vegan cooking videos and as someone who is not a chef, I can relate to him the most. Highly entertaining.