As people, it’s normal to feel down one day, and happy the next. However, during those moments of sadness, bouncing back from that feeling could be challenging and difficult. On the outside, there are some influencers who look like they have everything together, but behind closed doors, life is different. Not everyone has the tools and courage to ask for help. Moreover, typically content creators that are usually in the limelight are the ones that, perhaps, are at a greater risk of being impacted by stress or anxiety. Ultimately, this creates a perpetuating cycle of mental health issues among influencers.
Written by an influencer, Annastyzia, who now has over 100k followers (but wrote it when she only had 80k followers), brings us on a journey of self-healing. She has had to deal with her own demons, causing her to feel depressed at moments in her life. Regardless, she writes: “As humans, we have empathy, imagination, and the ability to choose what our actions will be in line with. I went from a girl who had a low self-esteem to someone who now has over 81k Instagram followers (follow me @annastayziaa) with an influence that encourages people to be themselves. I am celebrated for those qualities that I once believed to be flaws. It’s really a miracle in my eyes that I was able to change my mindset and be able to embody the message of “be you” and “everyone is beautiful.” This could be you as well.
Some of her tips include:
- “Surround yourself with people who love you just as you are, or at least a supportive community. If you find that you are in contact with people that are the opposite, you should distance yourself from them. Also, as for your accounts, try to “search for body-positive and pro-recovery accounts on social media (@neda is a great place to start!).”
- Dance it out! She writes that “when you dance for pure fun, you appreciate your body more. “Improving” in dancing is a plus, but not necessary. Make up your own dance, have fun. This is something I do all the time.”
- Practice being comfortable with your situation! And it could be as little as what you wear on a daily basis. She had been a college student at one point and throughout that experience, she had to appreciate what she wore given that she couldn’t afford any fancy or expensive clothes. She would also try and buy discounted clothes from a thrift shop, and still would wear them today. Overall, she took charge of her life and restructured it as a way to uplift her spirits.
- Have goals and a plan—remember that it’s okay to start small!
- Don’t be bound by society or relationships, meaning “do not assign your value and confidence based on your goals and achievements.”
- “Be focused on your own energy. When you use a hose to water plants, the water only goes so far when your thumb is not covering part of the opening of the hose. When you cover part of the opening of the hose, however, the water is more focused and it reaches further. This is how your energy works. If you’re more focused, you’ll go further.”
- Listen to constructive criticism as long as you’re always factoring in making your own decisions. In her opinion, it’s a balance; take other perspectives into account, but make your own decisions.
Whatever you do, though, never give up, on your goals or yourself! Keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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