Two weeks ago I was looking at my phone, checking my Facebook. Sighing with boredom – there was nothing new – I closed the app. I was really annoyed. Was it because my friends were not updating their statuses? No. I was frustrated because it wasn’t even noon and this was probably the tenth time I had checked Facebook. It was at that moment that I knew I needed to go on a “Social Media Cleanse”. In reality, how many more negative political rants did I want to read? How many more times did I need to take a picture of myself with a Snapchat filter?
With a deep breath I deleted my apps and decided I would abstain from social media for two weeks. I know that I love getting away from social media when I’m away on vacation, but I wanted to see what life is like in the real world without social media. Would I go crazy not knowing people’s reactions on election day? Would I miss out on someone’s birthday or life event? Would I be even be able to make it for two weeks? I decided to put myself to the test.
Luckily I did make it through the cleanse – and I want to tell you some of the things that came out of it:
1) I had more time in my day. No joke, I didn’t realize how much time I had been wasting checking social media! Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve found myself with enough time to cook, clean, exercise, chill out, and have fun with friends too!
2) I was able to live in the present. By that I mean wherever I was or whatever I was doing, I was fully engaged. I wasn’t thinking about checking my phone, or taking a picture to post it to Facebook later. I paid better attention to my surroundings – nature is awesome by the way – and people.
3) I had meaningful conversations with people. Instead of using messenger or posting on someone’s wall, I picked up the phone! I took a walk with a friend and we chatted about what was going on in our lives, not the things celebrities were doing. It makes such a difference to hear someone’s tone of voice and to see their facial expressions!
4) I relaxed. I found myself less worried about what people were thinking about or doing; or needing to present myself to others. I was able to really think about what I wanted and needed and be okay with just that.
Getting off of social media did not kill me, and in fact, it was actually quite rewarding! So now what? I still want to be apart of the social media circle, I just don’t want it to be a habit that preoccupies me. So, I am going to keep those apps deleted from my phone, but not delete my Facebook account. For now, I’m thinking I will check it once a week or so on my home computer. I’ll see how that goes 🙂 With God, everything is possible! (Matt 19:26)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU ❤