Social Media is wonderful. I think I’ve said that before. But if I’m pressed to find a flaw (and I’m sure there are a few) I’d say my biggest beef with social media is that I often contract a severe case of Envyitis.
Envyitis – otherwise known as Comparitis and the lesser known Comparus Nogoodus – is defined as an illness that drives you to compulsively compare yourself to others.
Common side effects include: envying other’s accomplishments and neglecting to acknowledge your own, self-pity and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness combined with the desire to give up.
This is true stuff people! You can’t make this up. 😉
No matter how much I’ve accomplished, no matter how positive I’m feeling, direct contact with Envyitis is guaranteed to knock me over and leave me feeling down and out. The trouble with Envyitis is that you just never know when it will strike. It moves in mysterious ways…like the U2 song.
And since the medical community has yet to find a suitable vaccine for Envyitis, it’s up to us to find some home remedies to get ourselves back on track and feeling good. REAL GOOD!
These are some of the home remedies I use to combat Envyitis:
- Talk with someone you really trust. Preferably someone that won’t blow smoke up your….well, you know. Have this person remind you of your accomplishments. Hearing it from another source is a great way to boost that suffering ego. Envyitis attacks the ego much harder than the rest of your body, so it’s best to start here.
- Create a list of your accomplishments. Journaling is a great way to let all those emotions pour through you without worrying about being judged. It’s a visual reminder that you’re not sitting there just taking up space. None of us are. Sure we haven’t accomplished everything we want….yet, but we’ve done stuff! Not into a writing? No problem! Create an accomplishment board. Draw or cut pictures out of things you’ve accomplished. Add stickers, and glitter and whatever else makes your heart happy. Note: Journaling is also a great substitute if you don’t have someone you can trust in your life at the moment.
- Hire a coach. Okay this may look like a shameless plug but hear me out. A coach is someone who will not judge you. They will listen without bias and remind you of all those great things you’ve accomplished. They‘re also a wonderful sounding board, an encourager, brainstorming partner and someone you can trust has your best interest at heart. Always.
- Unplug from the Matrix. And by Matrix I mean social media. Don’t panic, I don’t mean forever, although I know of people who have done this. I just mean take a break. Remove the Envyitis stimulus and tap back into what’s important. What are your values, your goals, your accomplishments? Celebrate how far you’ve already come!
Now it’s your turn!
How do you combat Envyitis? Share your tried and true remedies below in the comment section.
Together we can beat this!