We all know that advertising always makes things look better than they actually are. What happens however when you’re on social media – Facebook or Instagram? Is it fun for you or do you get depressed? Do you believe everything you see?

We’re talking today about how to have fun and enjoy the benefits of social media without it leading you into feelings of insecurity — and even depression. How do you make sure you continue appreciating your own life for what it is? And maybe even social media motivating you in a positive way? Here are five pragmatic suggestions — my focus, as always, on “what you can do about it.” In Episode 26, the focus was on teens and social media. But they’re not the only age group with a problem.

The listener email today is from a woman who suddenly became aware of being single when her roommate began dating. She’s asking how to talk with her friend about her complicated feelings — being happy for him but struggling with her own insecurities.


You can hear more about mental health and many other topics by listening to my podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Subscribe to my website and receive one weekly newsletter including my weekly blog post and podcast! If you’d like to join my FaceBook closed group, then click here and answer the membership questions! Welcome!

My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

And there’s a new way to send me a message! You can record by clicking below and ask your question or make a comment. You’ll have 90 seconds to do so and that time goes quickly. By recording, you’re giving SelfWork (and me) permission to use your voice on the podcast. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!



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