Before I get to today’s topic, I first want to thank everyone who has supported the blog so far and all that shared and participated in last month’s Beckah’s Bangin’ Butter giveaway. It was so fun to share recipes with you all and I hope to continue to post more recipes in the weeks, months, and years to come!
For the last week and a half-ish, I’ve been a bit MIA from social media and from writing on the blog. Let me explain why…
I’ve mentioned before that I’m participating in the Whole Life Challenge, and one of the lifestyle challenges was to give up social media for a full week (unless necessary for a job). Now, a week is not long to give up anything, however in this day and age quitting social media for one day would heighten most people’s level of anxiety. While I did use it a couple of times throughout the week for the blog and the page I manage for my job, I didn’t use it at all otherwise. And surprisingly, after the first two days, I had no desire to do so. I turned off all phone notifications so that I wouldn’t be tempted to peek.
We’re all bombarded throughout the day with texts, phone calls, emails, direct messages, comments, ‘likes’, commercials, advertisements, etc. that sometimes it becomes hard to just live in the moment and enjoy the simple things. There are a few observations I made while doing this challenge and thought it would be fun to share.
No Feeling of FOMO
Not wanting/having to look at my phone for hours at a time was glorious. After the week was up and I gave myself permission to check back in, I realized I’d missed 538 memes about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, 3 pregnancy announcements, 2 family arguments, 106 articles about Kim K’s jewelry heist in France, and 158 pictures of babies at the pumpkin patch or apple orchard. While I enjoy staying in touch with family and friends and following the latest news on the Kardashian clan, I admit, I didn’t really ‘miss’ any of it. If anything, the challenge inspired me to visit friends, coworkers, and family in person rather than speaking with them digitally.
There is so much information on social media, that sometimes it just feels downright overwhelming. “Do this, don’t do this, eat this, don’t eat this, burpees are effective, burpees are ineffective” – so many contradictions – holy information overload! During my time away, I felt less overwhelmed, my mind felt clearer, and I experienced fewer headaches. It also made me realize just how many hours of my day are spent staring at a screen. Like many others, I spend the majority of my day at my job, which requires being at a desk, only to come home and either watch TV and/or perouse Facebook. That’s a lot of screen time!
More Focused and Productive
I was way more productive without social media. On the weekends (and during work), I often catch myself scrolling social media and next thing I know, an hour has gone by. During my week away from social media, my house was cleaner, I was able to focus better on specific tasks and projects at work, and I had more energy overall. I feel like I gained hours in my day.
I Read More
One of my favorite things about Facebook (and something I admit, I missed) is the ability to follow various news outlets, magazines, and newspapers, receiving up-to-the-minute details and articles on topics I’m interested in. However during this time, I really enjoyed reading actual hard copy books, magazines, and newspapers rather than viewing on a computer screen or tablet.
Social media is laden with photos of perfectly sculpted bodies, deliciously plated meals, and accounts of travel to exotic, tropical places. At one time or another, we’ve all fantasized and wished our lives were a bit more exciting or that “you too can quit your job, work from anywhere in the world, and be fabulously dressed!”. Instead, I spent this time reflecting about my own life and realized my life is pretty kick-ass. I travel as often as possible, have great family and friends, my body is strong and healthy, and I live in a really beautiful place. And I don’t need affirmation or confirmation from social media to tell me so.
I think we can all benefit from taking a break from social media every now and then; I know I’ll definitely be introducing more ‘social media blackout’ time in my life. Try it out for yourself (even if it’s just for a day) and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your experience.