good life with lindsay tanner
Part of cultivating a good life is not letting social media run your life!
We spend so much of our time every day scrolling news feeds on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter that we hardly take time to notice what’s around us. I know not everyone struggles with this, but a lot of people do, including me. It’s so easy to get distracted by our phones, and it really takes us away from life. There have been so many times when we’ve been with family or friends sitting around a table or in the living room and everyone is on their phone, hardly talking to each other. It’s sad! I’ve heard of people who have a set amount of time each night where they turn off their phones and just hang out with each other. I think that’s such a great way to remove that distraction.
It’s so important to take a step away from technology every once in a while and just spend time with your friends and family with no distractions. If that means locking your phones away for an hour every night or going on a hike where there is no cell service, then do it! You won’t regret it and you will come back refreshed and feeling more connected to those around you.
Something else I struggle with, and I know a lot of others do as well, is comparing yourself to the people you follow on social media. These people can seem like they have a perfect life, but it’s not reality. We are constantly comparing ourselves to these idealistic Instagram accounts, and it can really bring you down. Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people. We need to learn how to find happiness and fulfillment where we are right now.
Yes, we should always be striving to better our life and reach our goals and dreams, but we shouldn’t sacrifice our happiness during the present because we aren’t living our ideal life. We can be truly happy with who we are, where we are right now if we simply stop and count our blessings and realize that “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Yes, I just quoted Dumbledore, but I’m a nerd — I can’t help it. And it’s an awesome quote with a lot of truth in it! So take a step back, take a break from social media, stop comparing yourself to unrealistic Instagrammers, learn to love yourself where you are, and spend some quality, uninterrupted time with those you love.