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  • Writer's pictureSrushti Kharat

In the Era of Instagram Influencers: Navigating Productivity Guilt

Welcome everyone to my discussion on the detrimental impact of social media platforms on the mental well-being of the younger generation. Today, I would like to explore the negative effects that these platforms have had on our psychological health. Have we ever questioned the authenticity of the idyllic world that social media platforms present to us, as we, the netizens, actively engage in sharing our opinions and forming beliefs based on the information available within this virtual realm?

Note to Begin With...

Social media sites like Instagram have grown to play a significant role in our lives in the current digital era. It's common for people to feel guilty about their level of productivity as a result of the rise of influencers who showcase their ostensibly perfect lifestyles. The goal of this article is to examine the idea of productivity guilt and offer solutions for doing so in the face of Instagram influencers' carefully curated content.

Learning About Productivity Guilt:

The feeling of inadequacy or self-doubt that results from contrasting one's own productivity or accomplishments with those portrayed by others, such as Instagram influencers, is known as productivity guilt. Many people are left wondering about their own accomplishments and productivity levels because carefully chosen posts and stories frequently portray a perfect and successful lifestyle.

Understanding the Phantasm:

It's important to realize that Instagram influencers frequently share a highlight reel of their lives. Behind the scenes, they experience difficulties and setbacks as well. Always keep in mind that social media platforms are made to highlight the best moments, not the entire reality. Remind yourself that it is not fair or accurate to compare your own productivity to the examples in this collection.

Having reasonable expectations:

Focus on setting reasonable expectations for yourself instead of trying to achieve perfection. Recognize that each person has specific circumstances, abilities, and limitations. Instead of comparing yourself to others, establish your own definition of productivity based on your values and priorities.

Curate Your Social Media Feed:

Take charge of your online experience by selecting accounts that will encourage and inspire you in a healthy way for your feed. Follow people who advocate a balancing act between productivity and well-being. Look for stories that place a strong emphasis on self-care, personal development, and realistic depictions of success.

Self-Compassion Exercises:

Be kind to yourself and engage in self-compassion exercises. Keep in mind that your level of productivity does not reflect your value as a person. Recognize your efforts and successes, regardless of how minor they may seem. Enjoy your progress and put more emphasis on your own development than on obtaining approval from others.

Find Offline Inspiration:

While social media can serve as a source of inspiration, it is also important to look for inspiration in other places. Spend time with loved ones, engage in activities that make you happy, pursue hobbies, and discover new things. You can develop a more well-rounded perspective on productivity and success by varying your sources of inspiration.

Note to End With...

Consuming content from Instagram influencers can result in productivity guilt, which is a common side effect. You can get over this guilt and concentrate on your own personal development and well-being by realizing the illusion, setting reasonable expectations, curating your social media feed, exercising self-compassion, and finding offline inspiration. Keep in mind that achieving true productivity requires striking a balance between your values and your goals.

Written by: Srushti Kharat, expert in Clinical, Counselling, and Neuropsychology.

What strategies do you use to manage or overcome productivity guilt triggered by social media comparisons? (Select all that apply)

  • Social Media Detox (Taking breaks from social media)

  • Reminding that social media shows curated version of reality

  • Engaging in hobbies

  • Creating a realistic schedule

You can vote for more than one answer.

1 Comment

Aug 29, 2023

Such an incredibly insightful blog post!

Loved how you delved deep into the topic and provided such thought-provoking analysis.

Keep up the amazing work Srushti!

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