Today marks day 30 of my 30-day social media detox. And it has been wonderful. There have been so many gifts this time has brought into my life. I wrote and painted every day. I started hiking on a regular basis. I read almost two books. I painted 25 small watercolor paintings. I edited another episode of my podcast (out Friday). I started walking about 3 miles a day and I’ve been sleeping better than I have in a long time.
Whenever I would tell someone I was doing a social media detox, they would always say, “I should do that!” And I highly recommend it for everyone. Serendipitously, on the 7th day of my detox, the documentary, “The Social Dilemma” came out, which made me more firm in my commitment. I HIGHLY recommend it. I also recommend the documentary “Screened out.”
As I move forward, my plan is to remain off of FB for a while longer. Maybe indefinitely. Of all the social media platforms, it’s the one I prefer the least. I may even delete it all together. As for the others, I will post once a week (or download an app that can post for me). I won’t be hoping on right away thought. Now that I’m here, I feel I can go a few days more and frankly, I just don’t feel compelled to logon .
I don’t view social media as a bad thing. But when something is affecting your emotional health in a negative way, it’s time to take the reins back and take sovereignty over your attention and your time. There’s no greater freedom than to choose what you focus your mind on. Be careful. Your mind is a precious thing.
Be well and come back again soon. The fun is just starting.