Joanna Gaines Gets Real About the Pressures of Social Media
The Fixer Upper star reveals her method for squashing social media-realted feelings of comparison and anxiety.
It might seem hard to believe, but Joanna Gaines hasn't always had everything figured out. In her new column for the Spring 2019 issue of Magnolia Journal, the Waco Wonder Woman reveals how the pressures of social media once threatened her self-esteem, and how she was forced to change her mind set in order to prevent insecurity from creeping in every time she opened Instagram.
Gaines recalls how the success of Fixer Upper caused her social media following to swell into the millions, and how she began feeling driven to appear perfect.
"I could feel insecurity start to creep in, and posting a photo was no longer an act of enjoying the in-the-moments of life but rather a more calculated decision," she shares in the column, via Fox News. "With every picture I found myself critiquing if there were messy backgrounds or blurry smiles."
"I think this is how we can end up losing sight of what it worthy of sharing and what is even more worthy than that — moments worth simply experiencing," she continues.
Gaines goes on to admit that it took her a bit of time to realize that she was "letting this small square on my phone become yet another thing to perfect."
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The mother-of-five also warns against letting social media rob you of authentic moments, adding that when she scrolls through her feed now, she remembers to look out for "red flags of comparison or anxiety begin to move in."
"My best next step is to stop scrolling and put my phone away. That's way harder for me to do when I'm not in a great place in my head or heart, but continuing down the rabbit hole never, ever helps a thing," she admits.
And that goes for taking photos too.
"I love to snap photos of my kids whenever it's physically possible," Gaines shares. "My camera roll is constantly full because of it, but when I hear myself start to say something like 'move slightly to the left' just so I can get the perfect angle, that's when I know it's time to check myself."