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Stop and smell the roses, don’t instagram them

By March 21, 2014 2 Comments

It’s been made pretty clear that social media can have a negative impact on the self-esteem of its users; yet we continue to use it.

We’re all guilty of it. How many times a day do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed? Probably more than you would like to admit.


Kesha’s shirt says it all

Kesha (yes, “Kesha”, she no longer goes by Ke$ha) recently completed treatment for an eating disorder. While in treatment, Kesha was off the Twitter radar.

Her first tweet was on March 6th, stating: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support you have given me.”

I think two simple lessons can be learned from this tweet.

Lesson one: it’s OK, and it may be even in your best interest, to give social media a break, particularly during a difficult time.

I’m not saying you have to cut it cold turkey, but do you really need to check every five minutes? Take a moment to stop and actually smell the roses, not Instagram them.

Lesson two: social media can be used for good. In her tweet, Kesha thanked her fans for their support.

To smell or to Instagram?

To smell or to Instagram?

During her time in treatment, Kesha’s fans continued to tweet at her, and I’m sure it was a good feeling to get out of treatment and feel so much love. Look for things that inspire you and share those things with the people you love.

Remember: Use it, don’t abuse it.  

 Sarah Liming is currently a junior at the University of Dayton. She is a psychology major and is currently involved with an organization on campus called Active Minds which focuses on reducing the negative stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. After she finishes her undergrad education, Sarah plans to work at a clinic helping people recover from eating disorders.