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Social Media Burnout Cycle: Understanding the patterns

Updated: Apr 21

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Social media has become an integral part of our personal and professional lives.

For mental health professionals like you, utilizing platforms like Instagram can provide unparalleled opportunities for outreach, education, and community building.

However, within the allure of connectivity and progress, there is also a hidden downside: Social Media Burnout.

Social media burnout is not just a buzzword; it is a widespread reality that can impact anyone navigating the online world.

Yes, anyone including YOU - no one's immune to this 😵

From the initial excitement of creating a profile to the overwhelming sense of comparison and burnout, the journey through the cycle is both familiar and challenging.

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Let's take a look at the stages of Social Media Burnout for a better understanding:

Stage 1: Feeling Energized and Overcommits

Picture this: you've just set up your Instagram account, filled with enthusiasm and determination.

You feel like you're ready to make a difference in the digital world, armed with your expertise and passion for your expertise and mental health advocacy. 🤩

However, in your eagerness to make an impact, there's a tendency to bite off more than you can chew.

You dive headfirst into content creation, engagement strategies, and analytics tracking, fueled by a potent mix of ambition and adrenaline.

Stage 2: Starts Feeling Overwhelmed

Fast forward to one to two months, and the initial excitement begins to wane, replaced by a creeping sense of overwhelm!

With the sheer volume of tasks — from responding to comments and DMs to brainstorming content ideas — you start to feel like this is a never-ending treadmill + add managing your private practice into the mix. 😵‍💫

Despite your best efforts to stay afloat, the pressure to keep up with the ever-changing algorithms and trends can feel suffocating.

You find yourself juggling multiple responsibilities, struggling to strike a balance between work and self-care.

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Stage 3: Contemplating Shutdown or Pause:

Now, you're three to six months in, doubts start to creep in or your inner thoughts are as loud as ever.

You start wondering: "Is all this effort truly worth it?" 🥺

You can't help but compare your progress to your peers, wondering why some seem to effortlessly attract followers while you're still struggling to gain traction.

The constant scrolling through picture-perfect feeds only serves to amplify feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

You find yourself questioning whether it's time to throw in the towel or take a much-needed break from the digital noise.

Stage 4: The Epiphany

Yet, despite the chaos, a ray of hope shines through!

You realize that burnout isn't a sign of weakness but rather an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. 😌

In this stage, you meticulously evaluate which parts of your plate need to be delegated or removed.

Instead of succumbing to despair, you choose to pivot, armed with newfound insights and a renewed sense of purpose.

Whether it's investing in mentorship, enrolling in courses, or delegating tasks to a social media manager, you're committed to refining your approach and reclaiming your passion.

With each setback and success, you emerge stronger and more resilient than before! 🥳

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Navigating the social media burnout cycle is no easy feat, but it's a journey worth taking.

Remember, it's okay to take breaks, reassess your strategies, and seek support when needed. 🙂

Just because it's your job to provide support, doesn't mean you don't need it. You will need it at some point since you're still also human (with more awesome powers than an average one!)

By cultivating self-awareness, setting realistic expectations, and fostering a supportive community, you can navigate the complexities of social media with resilience and grace.

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed by the pressures of the online world, take a step back, breathe, and remind yourself that you're not alone.

Together, we can overcome social media burnout and continue to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others! 🌟

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Cheering you on,

MJ 💕


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