I love social media. I love connecting with people, gaining ideas and inspiration and using it to collect new, exciting recipes etc. Social media does get a lot of bad press. Trolls, bullies and negative people. However, I believe that social media, if used properly, is extremely powerful and can help spread your message. Whether it be or your business, what you believe in or just to spread the love. About 6 years ago, I got off Facebook for 3 years. However, after pretty much everybody I knew telling me I can’t possible NOT be on it for my work, I bit the bullet last year and got back on. However, little did I know how time-consuming and, let’s be honest, time WASTING it can be. I would scroll for ages, seeing what friends were up to, ogle at photos of my friends’ kids, seeing holiday snaps, with the odd positive affirmation popped in there for good measure. I loved it, but boy, did I spend a lot of time on there. So, I decided to have a technology detox. We can detox from anything – sugar, alcohol, caffein, cigarettes, media, social media, friends, family. A detox is all about letting go of what no longer serves you to become happier, healthier and more at peace within ourselves. So, for one week, I barely looked at social media. Now, when I say this, I must add that I was still posting on my Nourish Nook sites, as I have to because of business, but my personal Instagram (@joannafincham and my personal Facebook site, Joanna Hodges) I switched off. And I loved it! We all know the drill. We post a photo or a comment, then receive the notifications of the ‘likes’ and the comments left. I loved it! I felt like I was adding something to the world. Recipes, positive affirmations, as well as the odd family photo here and there. My daughters in funny situations, sunset or sunrise photos from our farm, me being stupid as usual. I loved peeking at who liked my photos, who shared my posts, who gained some inspiration from what I was posting. I loved it! But, I also became somewhat too into it. I would spend far too long just mindlessly scrolling, and forgetting about blog posts I was supposed to be writing, emails I was supposed to be returning, the washing pile that was slowly adding up. I was sure there were going to be explorers arriving at my front door to get to base camp of my folding pile! It suddenly dawned on me that social media was becoming somewhat all-consuming. So, I backed off. I detoxed. I let it go. And what eventuated was so fantastic, that I will continue to only occasionally post on my personal accounts. My whole world tuned around in just one week. I had more time on my hands, I was more present, I was more mindful, I was doing more fun activities with my girls, I was paying more attention to my house and all that I had to do to keep it up-to-scracth. I started reading my book that had been sitting on my bedside table for months. I took baths and read my book. I cooked more, I meditated more, I even became less anxious! I felt more rejuvenated after a good nights’ sleep as I was actually going to sleep and not scrolling on the couch for half and hour before bed. What a lot of people don’t realise is that the light on our devices replicate daylight, so our brain thinks it’s daytime when in fact, it could be 11pm at night. I began to tune in even more than I usually do to nature. I began to notice even more around me. I noticed how many people are continuously on their phones – even over dinner dates! Then, it happened. I spent half an hour back on it after a week, and you know what? I didn’t rate it as highly! That detox had done wonders. I still love seeing those holiday snaps, the kids, the positive affirmations, but it made me realise more about social media. WE DON’T NEED IT! As I stated before, I think it definitely has palace, especially with connecting to family and friends overseas or interstate, however, the gripes people have and voice, the put-downs of people, the nit-picking, (knit?!) I didn’t miss it. I always try to be positive on social media. Life is about being positive. However, I genuinely feel more relaxed and present since slowing down my social media posts. I think we can all slow down. And we need it. Did you know we as humans are exposed to enough information every day to fill 280 newspapers? Imagine what that’s doing to our brain and our wellbeing. If you’re like me and feel like social media was beginning to reign supreme, why not have a technology detox? Or, have you done it already? Please write your experiences in the comments below. I would love to hear. We are all FAR too accessible these days. Our phones are with us all the time. I was even leaving my phone at home when travelling into town, or when I was working. It was seriously fantastic to not feel controlled by a small device that fits into our pocket. For just one week, have a break from social media. I did, and I’m so thankful for it xx
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