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One thing that can be really tough when you have a mental illness is feeling like you are less than. Especially when seeing stuff on facebook, twitter, instagram,

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and the like. It can be hard to feel like you’ve made any progress toward a healthier you when it seems like everyone you see is on vacation, or cooking like a pro, or having a blast with all their friends. These things also affect adolescents, and perhaps even more so because this is the world they are emerging into rather than coming from it as an adult.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can only compare your progress and your health to yourself. Your story and process are unique to you and it’s important to be mindful that most people are putting things that make them look good on social media.

What are some ways that you cope with the idea of the “perfect” image? What helps you remember that everyone is human, and everyone struggles? What makes you feel less alone? How can you support your adolescent in this?

Think Before you Post

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Have you ever stopped to think about how what you post may affect your peers’ feelings? It is important to remember that although you are entitled to your own opinion, posting about it may be a bad idea. Hurting someone’s feelings with a status post happens more than you think. Here are a few ways to reflect on what you post so that this does not happen.

  1. Make sure there are no derogatory words or phrases in your posts
  2. Think to yourself “how might the post make other people feel”
  3. Do not shut down other peoples opinions or values even if you think they are wrong
  4. Is your post bullying or harassing someone or a group of people?

Let us know about a time you thought it was best to rephrase a post so that it did not hurt someone’s feelings!

How to Block on Social Media

While social media is often a place to connect with your friends and relatives, it can easily become a place for unwelcome users as well. One of the greatest aspects of today’s social media outlets is that each of them have developed a way for you to block or delete anyone that you do not want to see your posts or to contact you.

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