Social media doesn’t have the best reputation, and there are some good reasons for that. It’s the perfect breeding ground for negativity, hurtful opinions, fake news and unrealistic body standards. But it’s here to stay, so why not try to make the best of it? In fact, when used correctly, social media can be a very helpful tool when it comes to managing and improving our mental health.
I’m a woman in tech, often the only female developer in the group. I don’t enjoy wearing make-up, I don’t eat meat, love music from decades before I was born, have a sense of humor that no one understands and my sexuality floats somewhere between bisexual and lesbian. You could say I’m pretty different from most people, which isn’t something to be ashamed of. But I’d also like to point out that all of us are different in some way. And at the same time, we’re all very much alike as well. And still, we often feel alone in this world, not understood, or just plain weird.
Having anxiety can be really hard, and I’ve struggled with it for years. The last few months I’ve been able to control it pretty good, and felt happier than ever, even when faced with anxiety triggers. It wasn’t easy getting to this point, and it takes quite a bit of effort, but everything I do to keep my anxiety under control is more than worth it. I’m a stronger, happier and more confident person now, and I’m no longer letting my anxiety sabotage myself. So what has helped me get to this point?
Having anxiety is hard. It’s always there, sneaking up on you. When you don’t pay attention, it’s there and it’s taking over your life. It sucks. And it’s everywhere, you can’t turn it off. There’s no escape from it. I hate anxiety. And I especially hate it when it tries to mess with my work life. Because my work and my side projects are my passions, and I don’t want anyone to destroy it. I won’t let anyone take it away from me. But still, anxiety tries to sabotage it, all the fucking time.
Two weeks ago, when going through a difficult couple of days that were filled with anxiety triggers, I decided to try and give myself some positive energy and strength by tweeting something positive each hour of the day. And so I started the hashtag #12HoursOfPositivity. For twelve hours long, I tweeted something positive or happy.