Benefits of habit “Stop obsessing over likes”

✓ Reduces stress
✓ Reduces social anxiety
✓ Improves self-esteem
✓ Reduces time wasting
✓ Improves relationships

First step:

Once a day


✓ Today, stop yourself from posting 1 item on social media. Or if you do, stop yourself from checking the number of likes over the day. Do this every day for 1 week.
✓ Next week, do the same with 2 items per day.
✓ Keep it up until you’ve stopped paying attention to number of likes altogether.

Helpful tips to make it a habit:

✓ Trigger your mind. Whenever you feel the need to upload an item or check your phone for likes, have a little plush toy to grab onto instead. Carry it around with you everywhere so you would remember it’s your “no-likes” day now.
✓ Let the app help. You can set a reminder to go off every morning to remind you to stop yourself from checking likes. You may also track the progress you’ve made by marking out days you succeeded and failed at checking the likes.
✓ Reward yourself. Once you’ve gone a month of successfully resisting the urge to check your likes. Take a photo of your friend or family and actually print it out and put it up on the wall instead of the social media feed. Warm memories won’t go away anywhere that way.

Tips for beginners:

✓ What makes you tick. Why are you so bent on getting likes? Is the numbers achievement that drives you? Or need for recognition? Or need to be better at it than others? Dig into the real reason you’re doing it and work with it. It will be easier to eliminate a bad habit if you know why you’re doing it.
✓ Addiction. If you find it hard to get off social media and are constantly worried about the number of likes and shares you get, know that social media addiction is real. You may not be there yet, but if you can’t quit on your own terms, you may be out of control already.
✓ Change of people. More often it is our environment that forces us to compete for completely arbitrary likes. Make sure the company you keep isn’t the driving force behind it. If it is, perhaps you’re running with a bad company.