Feeling Social Media Depressed? Here Is What To Do Instead

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Feeling Social Media Depressed? Here Is What To Do Instead

You woke up one beautiful morning, picked up your phone and tapped off to Facebook to check your notifications. As soon as you opened up the app, there was it stirring you in the face.

Someone you know has just shared a post about something nice that happened for them or an achievement. Maybe it was an engagement, a 

graduation ceremony, promotion at work, new business deal and what have you. But it was something you consider significant that just happened for someone you know and then ...

Like a rushing mighty wind, all the energy and enthusiasm you woke up with goes through the window.

You battle bouts of depression as you ask yourself "when will it be my turn?"

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For those who aren't familiar with the term "social media depression" this is exactly what it is.

It is that depression that sets in because of something you saw on social media that seems to highlight your struggles. But hey, before you go about berating yourself and asking "when will it be my turn", here are two things you need to know.


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How To Deal With Social Media Depression

  1. Most People Only Share Their Highlight Reel Not The Full Footage

Often times, what you get to see people display online is the summary and very beautiful end of a struggle that could well be worse than yours. You never hear about the sleepless nights, the pains, the disappointments and even the times they gave it all up.

All you hear and see is the glory without the story, the testimony without the tests and conclude your case is worse. 

Dear friend, don't kill yourself before your time because someone just hammered! If you are close enough, you might want to ask them what it cost them to get there. You will be amazed at what a hellish experience they had to endure to emerge victorious at the end.

Often times, what you get to see people display online is the summary and very beautiful end of a struggle that could well be worse than yours. You never hear about the sleepless nights, the pains, the disappointments and even the times they gave it all up.

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I was blown away when I read Linda Ikeji's story and learnt of all that she went through before she became the Linda everyone reckons with today. 

She started modeling before she got into the university. In 2003, she contested for Miss Nigerian and failed. She started a modeling agency that didn't do as well as she thought so she decided to diversify her business portfolio.

Then she started a magazine but failed at it. She started a marketing and PR company, but failed at it. She got  into a TV modeling show and failed at it as well. Attempted a reality TV modeling competition and failed at it.

Still in pursuit of success, she did an annual fashion show for 7 years and yet didn't make money. Then she wrote a book, but didn't sell up to 500 copies! She blogged for 4 solid years without making a dime from her blog (the same blog that is considered one of the top blogs in Nigeria today)

She has paid her dues and these are the days of harvest for her. So continue paying your own dues and heaven will respond with harvest for you someday very soon in Jesus name.

2.  Most People Only Share Their Highlight Reel Not The Full Footage

One of the most important lesson you need to learn in life is probably the fact that people have gone ahead of you doesn't mean you will not get there. The fact that yours is not the first doesn't mean you can't have the latest. 

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So instead of feeling all down and out because others seem to have what you long for, rejoice with them and trust God for yours as well. 

I remember when our daughter Sophy was over a year but hadn't started walking yet. My wife got a bit worried so we took her to the hospital. They recommended some massage therapy for her and we had attended a few session but she still wasn't walking yet.

Then there was another couple in our church who had their daughter about 6 weeks after ours was born. So one day after service, my wife finds that girl walking in church!

Her excitement knew no bounds that day. Her joy was over the moon as she screamed "Elena is walking" Well, I didn't make much meaning of that but that evening, our daughter started walking too!

One of the most important lesson you need to learn in life is probably the fact that people have gone ahead of you doesn't mean you will not get there.

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Looking back, I am convinced that my wife's genuine happiness for another child had an influence on Sophia's walking that day.

You see, when others seem to get what you are trusting God for, don't worry, become bitter or begin to question the authenticity of what they have. Be genuinely happy for them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and the sound of rejoicing will not leave you life.


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