Many of us scroll through social media on a daily basis—and our self-esteem takes a hit in the process. Why? Because social media is a highlight reel.

In other words, people usually only share things like positive news and the most flattering of photos. As a result, we sometimes feel insecure about our own lives. 

So, how can we use social media without hurting our self-esteem? Here are 3 simple tips:

One, unfollow accounts that don’t benefit you. You shouldn’t follow people and pages that impact you in a negative way. Unfollow celebrities or even old friends from college whose posts make you feel insecure or less than. 

Two, follow accounts that do benefit you. These accounts will fill your feeds with helpful, inspiring, and feel-good messages. For example, if you enjoy cooking, follow foodies who share delicious recipes. Or, if you love to travel, follow world travelers. It’s that simple. 

Three, limit time spent on social media. Even if you only follow accounts that serve to inspire you or make you feel good, too much scrolling time can still have negative effects. Try to cap your social media time at 30 minutes a day. This is the sweet spot, according to research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 

These three tips will help you use social media without harming your self-esteem.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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