Social Media: 5 Ways to Honor Your Mental Health While Scrolling

It’s no shocker that our society has changed, big time. Generations have aged, pop culture and fashion styles have changed (RIP 2004 velour jumpsuits), and of course, technology has grown exponentially.  Not only has technology become more accessible, it’s become necessary for everyday life. Along with its use in business, the growth of technology has also created the era of social media; the use of platforms to share your own personal world. Don’t get me wrong, social media can be truly amazing; it’s a way to connect with people in and out of your community, free marketing for businesses, and a much quicker way of catching up with old friends.  But it’s pretty clear that being plugged in, constantly feeding our minds with information, can be pretty trying on our self-esteem and mental health. I don’t know about you, but seeing images and articles perpetuating comparison, and feelings of inadequacy or frustration started to have some serious long-term affects on me. It became exhausting and left me feeling “less than worthy” every time I would close out of an app. Although we may not recognize it in the very moment, social media can easily become a place where insecurities are highlighted, we remove our minds from the present moment, and can be a breeding ground for triggering anxiety and depression.  But this leaves us with the question of, how can we continue to feel connected in a social media obsessed world while also making sure it’s a positive influence on our mental health?

As this continues to be an ongoing trial and error experience for many, check out these five tips below that have helped me create a more positive, uplifting, and serving social media experience for everyday mental wellness:

 

1.) Take a Break

Naturally, learn to give yourself technology breaks. Now of course, if your career or interests require the use of social media on a regular basis, this may not be feasible for you during work hours. If this is the case, you can work toward creating social media boundaries and breaks at home. There’s so much value in learning how to be intentional about how much time you spend online and plugged into social media. Start off small by giving yourself 10-15 minute breaks, then work up to longer periods of time based on what feels right for you.

2.) Transform Your Feed

We may not have control over the social media influence in our society, but we do have control over who we follow and what we allow on our news feed!  If you find yourself feeling negativity or self-doubt while scrolling, you have EVERY right to un-follow, de-friend, or unsubscribe to those triggering influences. In addition, I always suggest seeking people, pages, and businesses that actually inspire and empower you! This is an essential step if you want to transition your social media from being a negative space to a positive, uplifting community.

3.) Pick and Choose

News alert, just because “Jane” uses every social media platform, doesn’t mean you have to! Ideally it’s best to select between 1-4 sites you really enjoy and leave the rest for others to utilize. Reducing the number of platforms you follow not only helps you to maintain control over your own social media, but it really aids in the reduction of anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed.

4.) Try Emotional Check-in’s

To me, this is an invaluable step. Take a few seconds every time you open up your computer or pick up your phone to check-in and see how you’re feeling. Sometimes recognizing your emotions before doing something can help premeditate how that action will affect you further. For example, if you’re feeling frustrated and in that moment decide to check social media, there’s a high chance that decision could result in making you feel emotionally worse than before you started. So check-in with yourself, how do you feel right now and how will tuning into social media make you feel during and after? This small change can really make a world of difference.

5.) Recognize That It’s YOUR Mental Health.

Here’s the facts: only you have say over what’s best for you. It’s YOUR mental health and it’s yours to take care of. It’s 100% okay to want to be plugged into social media all the time, just as it’s okay to be completely off the grid. In a world where it feels like we have very little control over our lives, sometimes it’s nice to honor the control we do have.  Though our mental health is always shifting and changing, one thing remains a constant, you have the ability to look inward and determine what information, visuals, and technology you want to include in your process of leading a balanced life.

Hopefully these tips can become a starting point to redesign your relationship with social media, and can lead you to focus on your own emotional wellbeing. Because we all deserve to feel good, think positively, and live our best life! So here’s to you, may you find peace, inspiration, and mental clarity.

Thanks for reading lovelies!!

Pause…is Catherines the new spot??

Hi beautiful souls!

Hoping you all are having the most beautiful week! Today I’m coming to ya with another fashion focused post! A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the Catherines Plus Size Store in Capitol Heights, MD. I was able to get a sneak peek at their newest line and meet so many new D.C. bloggers, stylists, and influencers. It. Was. Amazing. I mean obviously it was great because of the bougie/fabulous experience, but also it was so beautiful witnessing Catherines grow as a company! I’ll be honest…I really didn’t think Catherines was a place I’d shop. I always saw them as a store for older women to shop, so naturally I attended the event with no intentions of wanting to take home at least half the store (RIP bank account). Let me just tell you…Catherines is no longer the place where your mom shops. Their new Black Label and Curvy Collections are LIFE. I’d describe them as trendy, versatile, made with genuine quality, and decently affordable. If you want to check both lines out, click the links at the bottom of this post.

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Okay so I’ll just cut to the chase…the real reason I’m hyping Catherines up is not only because I fell in love with their new look, but also because I have exciting news to share! I’ve been asked to collaborate with them and share three different gorgeous pieces with you! Over my next few posts, I’ll be sharing pictures and details about each item. I’m so excited for y’all to see these staple looks, and give you the opportunity to learn more about the revamping of Catherines!

So the first item I’ll be sharing is this GORGEOUS olive green tulip pencil skirt. First of all, olive green is the most essential fall neutral color in my closet these days, so of course I was stoked to see this arrive. It’s so soft, fits perfectly (though I could have went down a size for a more “going out” look), the quality is so on point, and it hugs every curve!

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I decided to pair the Surplice Skirt from their Curvy Collection with a baby pink body suit from Charlotte Russe and brown riding boots from Torrid. I was inspired to find a look that I could both wear to work but also wear out after. That’s the beauty of investing in quality, versatile pieces like this! You’re going to wear them over and over and feel bomb as hell doing it! I definitely did 🙌

Comment below letting me know what ya think of this look or how you’d style it differently!!

Thanks for reading lovelies, may the sun shine on the rest of your week!

Photo Credit: Julia Cowles

Hello Fall…Helloooo Sweater Dress Weather!

Happy Thursday beautiful souls!!!

If you follow me on social media, you’re probably aware of just how much I love summer. Nothing like warm weather, sunshine, bikinis, and outdoor activities to keep the spirits high. With that being said, there always comes a turning point where I have to let go of summer and openly accept the change of season. But this year? This year it was SUPER hard to let go and welcome in fall. I kept resisting and resisting, but as with anything in life, sometimes you just have to ease into it and appreciate each season for what beauty it may bring. Plus let’s be honest…fall fashion is just so freakin’ amazing. Which is why I wanted to share my first fall look with you guys!

For a lot of women, the sweater dress is a necessity when it comes to their fall wardrobe, so I decided to give one a try for myself. So…I chose the gorgeous On Baited Breath hunter green (because green and purple hair is life *heart eyes emoji*) sweater dress from Perfectly Priscilla. And let me tell ya’ll…this dress is EVERYTHING. It’s versatile, so comfortable, and the perfect staple for fall and even into winter.

Check out a few pics of the look below:


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I’ll be honest and say that in previous years, I always felt like sweater dresses might not be “flattering” on me as they’d be “too tight” or “too baggy”, but in reality that was just external voices trying to dictate how I “should” live in my body. I mean…who wants to be put in a box where other people decide what looks best on you? That’s a big ole NOPE from me. I wear what I want, when I want, and certainly have the power to decide how each item makes me feel. Which is why I picked this dress, it challenged my old belief system and proved that yet again, my body doesn’t determine how I live my life. Amazingly enough, fashion has the power to not only help you feel beautiful, but it also has the ability to empower you to both love yourself and challenge the norm. How beautiful is that??

Okay so back to the dress…I truly can’t say it enough…it’s just so damn comfortable! You can dress it up like I did (choker from Catherine’s Plus and heels from Payless Shoe Source) or you can throw on a pair of boots and scarf for a daytime look. Either way….you’ll be serving looksssss.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

And in case you forgot…you’re so worthy, so fierce, and so loved. 

*If you’re interested in checking out Perfectly Priscilla and want to order from their beautiful selection of plus size items (Sizes 10-22), make sure to use the discount code BLOGGERSAVE20 for some $$ off*

To shop visit: www.perfectlypriscilla.com

Or check them out on Instagram: Perfectly Priscilla Boutique

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