In October I was getting so fed up with myself. I was checking Facebook every hour I think, 2 minutes here, 10 minutes there. All day every day, checking in. Then, at night, I would lay in bed and stare at my phone. I would say out loud, “10 more minutes, then I’m sleeping.” And of course. like most of you reading this, an hour or two would pass and I would finally just give a huge exhausted sigh and turn it off and go to sleep. I was missing sleep to flip through my damn phone, ridiculous. Sadder than that, at some point my husband would probably come upstairs and lay in bed next to me and do the same thing! Two humans side by side in bed staring at phones. It’s so gross.
So I was talking to a friend on the phone about how much I felt social media was taking from my life and she agreed. We decided to make a clean break for a month. Total solidarity and beginning immediately.
I had to get the apps off my phone to be able to follow through, it’s like a full on addiction. The first day I felt amazing! I was connecting to my kids more, I had more patience, I was more present, my house looked better, my garden looked better, I looked better, I was getting my life together. I’m even blogging again for Pete’s sake! (although I’m ignoring my kids currently to write this right now)
One week turned into two and three and then boom, we are at 4 months now. Totally clean. Social media sober. I keep up on Instagram because I don’t scroll there, I just post photos of the kids for family and friends. It’s the scrolling that steals your soul. Especially if you have a few friends who love spreading the horrifying stories that you see and wish you could unsee immediately. People love sharing these negative disgusting things that in my opinion just stay in your soul and take days to go away. It’s bad for your energy, it’s bad for the planet, it’s bad for your kids, it’s bad for your poor mind!
I didn’t know how I was ever going to get off social media in the beginning and now I don’t think I will ever go back. Only positive things have resulted in the aftermath of this detox. I see more. I see people always looking down. I was of course one of those people before, but I am making a promise to myself to stop looking down. 2017 is the year I look up, see the sky, talk to the people around me, write more, sit and stare if I have to, become a living breathing human being again.
I highly recommend it.