If I learned anything in the last few weeks, it’s that less is really more. Limiting social media was a HUGE eye-opener. Now before I get into the details, let me straight forward. I couldn’t bring myself to fully delete or remove myself from social media, mainly Instagram. I give credit to those that can just quit it cold turkey. And maybe one day, I’ll get to that point. But because I don’t have Facebook, that is the ONE way that I get to see what others are up to.
I don’t think social media is bad. Its hard to remember a life without it. I think that social media can be a great way to connect with others. There are things that you see that will make you laugh, or videos that will make you cry happy tears. But like anything else, too much of something can be a bad thing, and in a sense bad for your health (I’ll get to more of that later).
How I forced myself to limit social media
So instead of deleting it or putting a app time limit on it (I tried that before COVID and it didn’t work very well), I tried something else and it worked. I removed it from my main phone screen and put it in a hidden folder with other apps that I rarely use (like the Apple store or compass app).
And it COMPLETELY worked. Not having it on my main screen was a reminder that it wasn’t that important, and that I could use my time more wisely then endlessly scrolling. Even at times where I would mindlessly attempt to go on, not seeing it prevented me from opening the folder. Which holds true since I’m VERY much a visual person.
Being at home for most part of the time comes with its challenges, but I knew that I needed to take care of not just my physical health and mental health. I didn’t want to have all this time to go to waste. I wanted to use the time I have to do things that would improve me and in turn would be better for my family as well.
So I’m sharing a few things that I have come to realize in just a couple of weeks of my new life of limiting social media.
Limiting Social Media is a constant reminder to be in the moment
Like I said earlier, not being on Instagram as much was a constant reminder that I need to be more present in the moment. My kids are only young once, and I didn’t want to be known as the mom that was constantly on her phone.
I would get so wrapped in and wondering what everyone else was doing in their lives, that I wasn’t even paying attention to what was going on in mine. Kids pay close attention to what we adults do and get their ways from observing us. I wanted to make sure that they knew they were important to me, more than anything else. And that for the most part, anything on your electronic devices can always wait.
Not being on social media as much resulted on not being on my phone as much, which allowed my kids to know that when I WAS on my phone, it was usually important. Which really helps when you are at times working from home.
Limiting social media = more productivity
I have found that limiting my social media has given me more time to do other things that I really want to do. Granted it’s hard right now because of COVID, and I haven’t gone anywhere for some “ME” time, like the nail salon or a mall.
But it has made me realize that time is precious and it shouldn’t be wasted. I have been reading more, and it’s the best feeling. Being able to escape from reality and dive myself into another world, even for a short moment is wonderful.
I have also found myself finally finding some time in for yoga 2-3 times a week. This is a something that I’ve wanted to do for YEARS. As a mom it’s so hard to be able to find a moment to escape. I feel so much more accomplished being able to fit these two in my schedule, by taking care more of my mental and physical health.
Being more content
This may sound corny, but I now firmly believe that social media is at a lot of times, unhealthy.
Far too often I’d endlessly scroll and find myself in a bad mood. Limiting my time on social media gave me less occurrences to be mad about something that I didn’t agree with. Or fewer occurrences of being sad wishing I had something or was somewhere that someone else was.
I feel content because I am living my days with intention and purpose. I’m living for myself and my family, and no one else. It’s refreshing to just be in an overall better vibe on a daily basis. And because I’m by myself every day working from home with the kids, good vibes are all that I can afford!
And the crazy thing is, I don’t long for it or miss it as much as I thought I would. It felt weird at first, feeling like I had some extra time on my hand and feeling a little clueless. But it’s just a daily reminder for me to keep on my journey of stressing less and living life simply.
When I do go on now, it’s like my mind automatically knows when my brain has has enough. It’s like there’s a switch that goes off and I am quick to get off. Which I’m so grateful for because now it has become a habit.
So if this is something you have thought about, I think now is the chance to give it a shot. Most of us are at home more often, and with a little bit more free time, this is good time to start.
I will say that there are good days and bad days. But for the most part, this has helped me tremendously. It has healed my soul in a sense. I know I’m not perfect and I have a long way to go. But I feel like taking this step has made me feel happier and helped me appreciate the great things I have in my life. It has also helped a ton with my anxiety by finding positive ways to keep my mind occupied. So if you’re up for it, I encourage you to try it. You won’t regret it.
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