Navigating The Social Media Maze With Authenticity
Being a mom in today’s world often means juggling between our children’s needs, household and/or professional obligations, and our relationships. Social media, with its 24/7 allure, has added another layer to this balancing act. As we scroll through the perfection presented on our screens, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed… or even worse, insecure and inadequate.
You’ve probably seen those perfectly plated dinners, heartwarming moments with spouses, the dream vacations, children showcasing achievements, and surprise gestures of love. This glossy digital world can often make us feel pressured to keep up and inevitably draws us into the comparison game. “Her family looks so happy, why can’t my kids get along that nicely?” You think, “and oh, look at her hair! Her husband must support her so she has time to care of herself!” – down the rabbit hole we go of assumptions that don’t make us feel good.
But as we scroll, there’s a shadowy voice that sometimes whispers: “Why can’t my life be like that? Are my children not as well-behaved? Is my partner not as loving?”
The truth is, we often attach our own stories and interpretations to these posts. The beautiful vacation shot could mean “She’s having the time of her life,” or “I’ll never be able to afford such trips.” Our perception shapes our reality, and sometimes, this can send us spiraling down a rabbit hole of self-doubt.
However, moms, here’s a reminder: We have the power to choose how we interpret these posts. We can see them for what they are – snippets of someone’s life. Not the full picture, just a highlight. By remaining self-aware and reframing our thoughts, we can change our relationship with social media. When you find yourself drawing a conclusion that is not helpful to your own feeling of self worth – actively remind yourself, “I do not the full story and there is no good in drawing assumptions that do not serve me.”
Another side of the socials is what you put out to the world and why. Think about why you post. Is it to share a cherished memory, or is it the fear of missing out? Is your sharing coming from a place that is healthy? As moms, let’s strive for authenticity. Share moments that resonate with you, not because you want to keep up.
So, the next time you’re scrolling through your feed, remember: Appreciate posts for what they are. Keep scrolling, knowing there’s always a new story unfolding. When you decide to share, do it for yourself, for the joy it brings, and most importantly, be kind to yourself. You’re doing great, Mama!