Five ways to make you feel better about social media

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If you’ve ever looked at what other people are doing on Instagram and Twitter and felt a bit rubbish about it, you’re not alone.

Social media brings us closer to friends but can have a negative impact on how we feel about our own lives.

Images of people living seemingly perfect lives and perfect bodies can put huge pressures on followers.

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And The National Citizen Service say things only get worse in the summer months.

We asked YouTuber Luke Is Not Sexy for his five tips on how to make sure using Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook stays fun and doesn’t have a negative impact on users.

Here’s what he had to say about keeping your sense of self-worth ahead of the flood of beach selfies and #summerbody snaps on social media.

Notifications? Don’t bother

“My first tip for feeling better with social media, and the main thing really, is turning off post notifications,” Luke tells Newsbeat.

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“Social media is very good at making you feel left out if you’re not constantly in the loop on everything that’s happening but sometimes you can be going about your day, and you’re feeling a little bit vulnerable then bang – something’s on your phone that shows you someone else who’s more perfect than you are.

“If that hits you at the wrong time, that can devastate your whole day, your whole week, your whole month, your whole life, everything.”

Fill your feed with people who make you feel good

“Choose who you follow a little bit better,” he says.

“Think about following or only bringing into your life people who celebrate imperfection. People who point out their own imperfection and don’t try to present themselves to you as some kind of demigod, like some image of perfection, like ‘you have to follow me because I am greater than you’ll ever be’.”

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Flaunt your own flaws

“Choosing to celebrate the things that make you you and make you different is a wonderful thing,” Luke says.

“It’s so empowering if you can manage to do it. I know that’s hard, I know that’s really difficult to do that and I struggle every day with this still, but if you can get to a place where you look at yourself in the mirror and you say ‘That thing about me is weird and makes me stand out.’

“It makes me feel vulnerable but I’m going to choose to share it and I’m going to choose to own it. If you own the things then nobody else can turn those things against you.”

Take a break

“The next one might seem counter productive, especially from someone like me who literally makes his entire living by people watching him, but go offline sometimes,” he says.

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“Exist in the real world. Exist with the real people in your life. The people online are fantastic, they’re lovely, they’re wonderful but there’s nothing more hearty than a real human connection with another human being.”

Stand up against the fakes

“Where you see it, call out fakery,” says Luke in his fifth tip.

“Call out people who are saying ‘I’m wonderful’ or presenting themselves like ‘I just woke up like this’ but you know they stood up for 20 minutes, did their hair, put their eyelashes on and went back to bed to take a selfie.

“That’s not helpful for anybody. It might be helpful for them, they make some money or get loads of likes on Instagram but really the output of that to the world is negative and needs to be shamed.”

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