How to Be More Confident on Instagram
Does your confidence take a hit when you scroll through social media? Content on Instagram specifically can make us feel pressure to present a perfect or unrealistic version of our lives. It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others’ highlight reels!
Below are a few tips on how you can ensure your Instagram experience is healthy and positive!
Own Your Feed. The accounts we follow can make us laugh, give us advice or inspire us to be confident. Others, not so much. If anyone you follow makes you feel bad about yourself, directly or indirectly, unfollow them. People are not notified if you unfollow them. You can also mute an account using the “mute” feature. The people you mute will not be aware that you’ve muted them, and you can always unmute an account at any time. If that’s not enough, you can always block an account. When you block someone on Instagram, that person can’t view your posts or search for your account.
Keep the Comments on Your Posts Supportive. Instagram provides anti-bullying comment filters to automatically hide offensive and bullying comments. To keep the comments in your post positive, you can control who can comment on your posts and create a list of words and/or emojis that you don’t want to appear in comments.
Set Limits. How much time on social media is enough? Check out the “Activity Dashboard” to see what your usage looks like. Is it healthy and positive? Use the dashboard tools to set boundaries and manage the time you spend on Instagram.
Social media is a part of our daily lives. What we see and share on social media and how frequently we communicate are major factors in our confidence levels. Take some time to think about how you can guarantee your time on Instagram makes you feel more confident than ever!
For more tips and step-by-step instructions, check out this guide from Instagram and the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).