As a T1D Life Coach, I decided it was time to check out the world of T1D influencers on Instagram I knew vaguely existed.
Boy, do they exist!
Yesterday, I fell down the Instagram rabbit hole and almost never came out.
I had no idea there were so many of them! I know, I know, I’ve been living under a rock. Call me “old”, call me Gen X.
What I found was an amazing array of hilarious teens with reels mimicking T1D happenings, other coaches and therapists with perfectly curated Instagram pages, and people posting inspirational things about T1D and mental health awareness. So much content!
After the shock and awe wore off that this whole world existed, my brain went NUTS. And I spiraled into envy, not-enoughness, and my default mode of “poor me-ism”.
My mind filled with thoughts like:
😟 I’m so behind
😟 I’m failing as a life coach
😟 I’m doing it wrong
😟 How do they have it so together with T1D when I struggled so much growing up
😟 I should just give up now
😟 What’s wrong with me
The feelings were so strong and so deep, I decided to indulge in my pity party, and sit with these feelings for a day.
It felt crappy and paralyzing, and I got nothing accomplished being so frozen in doubt.
So when I woke up today, on a brand new day, I said to myself – I need to turn this around.
How can these T1D influencers be a WONDERFUL thing? How can this ENRICH my life as a person with T1D and aid my journey as a T1D Life Coach? And the answers flooded in!
Here’s a few:
😀 Creates more AWARENESS for T1D mental health
😀 More people to COLLABORATE with
😀 People are getting more HELP – small shifts over time create large sweeping mindset shifts
😀 Shows there’s an AUDIENCE of people who are interested in T1D mental health
😀 Demonstrates the POWER of a platform like Instagram for reaching T1D audiences
What’s the lesson here?
🙌🏻 If you compare and despair after looking at social media, you are NOT alone!
🙌🏻 If you are sad, upset, or frozen in doubt, there is ALWAYS another way to look at something.
🙌🏻 What is something AMAZING about the last thing you were upset about? Challenge yourself, I BET you can find it! ❤️
Need help to turn your thoughts around? I can help!