How I deal with Instagram Posting Anxiety
I never experience feeling inadequate because I’m not comparing myself to anyone
When I posted a recent Q&A, I got a lot of responses asking how I got over feeling inadequate compared to others on Instagram and how I get past being insecure about posting, and I have to admit that it stopped me in my tracks a little. Because the truth of the matter is, I’ve never felt insecure about posting any of my photos. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing it for so long now that I can’t be bothered to overthink it, but posting anxiety is a very real thing that I see people talking about a lot on Instagram, and it honestly makes me just want to give you all a massive hug!
I think the main reason why I never feel inadequate or scared about posting is because I’ve never compared myself to anyone else. Yes, there are people who have better equipment than me, people who have more followers than me, people who are better looking and people who are better at Photoshop than me, but I choose not to compare myself to them because my journey, and my situation, is unique to me. No one else is doing exactly what I am doing, just as no one else is doing exactly what you are doing. And to me, that’s a tiny bit magical.
I’m also so over the days of getting upset if a post I like hasn’t got great engagement. I choose not to put my energy into feeling upset about it because there’s so many other positive things I could be focusing my energy on. Whether I like a photo I’ve posted or not is far more important to me than whether it’s got a lot of likes or not.
Although I have to say, that it wasn’t always this way for me.
I used to post photos that I didn’t really like for the sake of posting and it ultimately left me feeling miserable and run down. I didn’t want to feel like that anymore so I decided to only post a photo if I really like how it turned out. And you just have to accept that not all of them will. There will be times that you worked on a photo for hours and it just isn’t working. Trust me, it’s a lot less painful to let it go and try it another way that forcing a square peg into a round hole. Photos not working out is just part of the Instagram life! The photo on this post is an example, I took ages doing it, ended up not liking it so posted an old one instead.
So I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I never experience feeling inadequate because I’m not comparing myself to anyone other than myself. I know what I’m capable of, I know what I like doing and talking about and I’m not going to change it! Your followers followed you for a reason, so you just have to trust that they are going to like what you do no matter what, because it came from you!