How to get out of an Instagram rut

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Sometimes I am on the ball posting on instagram and then other times I have an actual panic attack as I am anxiously scrolling through my photo album trying to find something, anything to post. Are you with me?

I for sure have a love/hate relationship with instagram – it’s a great way to market my business, but it can also be a real stress point to try to post the perfect picture and caption.

Instagram has lost it’s authenticity; I hope it becomes the trend in 2018 to get that back.

Real quick, I googled “authentic” and wanted to share part of the definition that came up: true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.

And just like that, I think I found my word for 2018! haha

Below are a couple of ways that I try to beat the instagram rut:

Encourage others – When I’m feeling down or completely over instagram – I think a good way to change my attitude is to encourage and engage with other makers or friends on the gram. I always leave feeling encouraged myself when I spread a little love. Don’t you?

Post something you love and are passionate about – instead of worrying about the “perfect” picture to post, post the first thing you see that really makes you happy. For me, it’s probably one of the 10,000 photos I have on my phone of my baby girl. It may not get the most likes, or really promote my business – but it makes me happy. I would rather follow someone who enjoys what they share rather than just throwing something up for “likes.”

Delete the app – sometimes you just need to step away. Whether for a couple hours, days or even a week - delete instagram from your phone and don’t feel guilty about it. You have full control over what you do or don’t do. Don’t give instagram that kind of control and power over your life. In the long run – your friends and customers will still be there. One of my goals this year is to be on instagram less than an hour a day – which I am failing terribly at so far… BUT I’m working on it. There’s so much freedom in stepping away and being fully present in whatever else you are doing.

So those are my tips – I definitely haven’t mastered the instagram rut – but these steps help me change my attitude and recognize I’m in control. What are your tips to get out of the instagram rut? Comment below!