One of the worst habits we have developed as a society is that of constantly comparing ourselves to others, wishing we were as happy or wealthy as they seem to be. To a great extent, this is due to our obsession with social media, and many experts have linked social media to feelings of anxiety and depression. Even when it might sound difficult, we need to find ways to stop comparing ourselves to others and remember that everyone’s path is different and that feeling envy or jealousy can do nothing but hurt us.
- Start by practicing more gratitude. One of the most important steps to take when we want to stop comparing ourselves to others is to practice more gratitude. We should take a moment to think about all that makes our life special and happy and think about how grateful and lucky we are. Give yourself a daily moment of gratitude, especially during bad days, and it will eventually become a habit.
- Learn to recognize and avoid your triggers. We all have situations that make us start feeling stressed, angry, annoyed, and envious, and for most of us, social media posts tend to be a common trigger. Besides that, we might have a friend, a coworker, or a relative who constantly brag about their achievements. Identifying these triggers can help us avoid them and manage them in healthy ways, so we should take the time to learn how to recognize them and deal with them better.
- Use comparison as a way to motivate yourself. Even when it might sound difficult, we should try to use comparing ourselves to others as a means of motivation instead of feeling stressed and frustrated. Think of someone you admire, think of the achievements they have accomplished, and consider what it took for them to actually get there. This way, instead of feeling defeated or like you are wasting your time, dedicate this energy to working to achieve your goals and become successful just like those you admire.
“Don’t compare your beginning
to someone else’s middle.”