Does this ever sound like you? After looking at one person’s social media post, its already half an hour later and you have looked at 10 other people’s profiles that you don’t even know. You question yourself: “Am I doing enough?” “Is this person having more fun than me?” “Is this person more successful than me?”. After going camping for a week before Canada Day I realized that I didn’t really miss not going on social media. Because of this, I decided not to go on Facebook or Instagram over the past week. I was actually surprised that I didn’t have the desire to go on any of these outlets at all during the past week. I also realized that my time was so quickly filled up by other obligations and regular daily life tasks that I felt that using social media was just overloading me with unnecessary information! These are a few of the main themes that came to me from taking a social media break:
1) More Clarity – I felt more connected with my true needs and about different aspects of my life that are important. It can be difficult to always remain true to yourself when we are constantly seeing what is “important” to other people on social media and end up confusing it with what is important to us. I told myself I wanted to start journaling again and I wrote about something almost every day!
2) More Focused – I had a better ability to focus and prioritize work and life-related tasks when I didn’t feel the need to be checking social media posts regularly. This also helped me stay on track more with whatever task I was working on in any given moment without being distracted. Instead of multi-tasking or having a Facebook or Instagram window of my browser open at the same time as doing work. I was able to do more "Mono-tasking".
3) Less Anxiety – At the beginning of this post it’s easy to see how when we are consciously or subconsciously comparing what we are doing to other people this innately creates a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety. What is important, fun or a meaning of success to one person is totally different from person to person! If you are someone that is prone to stress, anxiety or even low moods then controlling your time on social media and setting boundaries can be very helpful.
4) More Energy/Creativity – I have a never-ending list on Pinterest and in my head of creative projects and recipes that I want to do. When I get the chance to do a lot of them they either feel like a chore or I feel busy with something else so I don’t get the same enjoyment out of it that I would have liked. This week I really enjoyed going for more walks, cooking and baking, being out in my garden and spending time with friends instead of feeling like I needed to be “up-to-date” with what was going on online. I felt more connected and revitalized by the simple things!
Although I do use Instagram and have a Facebook page for my Naturopathic business, I’ve decided to be more mindful with my approach to social media and I won’t be posting everyday anymore. I am keeping my “Wellbeing Wednesday” posts and will likely post 1-2 other times throughout the week. These posts will be both thoughtful and intentional. It’s my goal to remember that life is outside the internet and that anything that is occurring on the inside is just extra fluff that I can or cannot browse every now and then!
What are your thoughts on social media? Have you ever done a “Social Media Detox”?
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