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detox.

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So I did a thing.

Actually, I did a few things.

I stopped drinking my beloved red wine for three weeks.

AND

I deleted the Facebook app on my iPhone and only check it from my computer a few times a day or if I need to post something for business from Safari.

AND

I turned off all the notifications on my phone.

No, I haven’t lost my mind.

In fact, the app is still not on my phone, I’m still only checking my emails twice a day and I’ve only had wine a few times.

I felt stressed, exhausted, frustrated and annoyed by the distraction I was allowing these things to cause.

Mindless.

Disconnected.

Uninspired.

And let me tell you, since taking my “detox,” I have been able to focus more, write more, laugh more and BE in the moment more.

I have felt better. I’ve been more energized. I’ve been happier. Less stressed. More calm. More focused.

I don’t like being told what to do, but if I feel convicted to do something, I’m going to do it. And that inner voice told me I needed to stop for a bit.

It’s important to slow down and assess where we are.

My anxiety was peaking again.

I wasn’t getting my typical nightly routine finished or even started because I was scrolling or feeling foggy headed.

I think sometimes in life we forget that “delete” is an option. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and distracted…and your distractions may look different than mine.

HOWEVER, there is not a delete option for the way I make my kids feel when I’m scrolling and they’re trying to tell me the most important thing EVER. 😉

What I have learned is:

Social media is not life.

I repeat.

Social media is not life.

It can be a fantastic way to connect, and for that I love it. But I prefer to be connected in my present moment, not scrolling and wondering what “everyone else” is doing, where they’re going, what they recently bought.. etc. I just don’t care. This may sound harsh, but I think if we live our lives through on social media, we lose touch with reality. And i want to LIVE…Connected. Present. Mind-FULL. Joyful.

And let me tell you something. I feel so FREE. Not being “tied” to my phone, to the habitual glass of wine, to my emails.

Being in the moment, this is how I want to live my life. and it’s how I’m choosing to spend mine. Will I ever download the app again? Surely. Or maybe not. But I will move forward more mindful and joyful. This I am sure. Will I still drink wine? Yes, as long as I can recognize when it’s more of a habit than a luxury. Will I turn on my notifications for my email? Doubtful.

I’m curious. Have you ever done a detox? How did it make you feel? Would love to hear your thoughts and tips.

Much love to you 🙂

2 thoughts on “detox.”

  1. LOVE THIS, Amy. Funny on Sunday I felt like I *had* to delete my Instagram app. I did and a few days later installed it because I needed to communicate with someone for work on it quickly, but I have NOT done a long scroll on it since then because – like you – I FEEL SO ALIVE WITHOUT IT.

    I keep thining about how alive I felt all my teens, twenties, and early thirties, and how social media has become so normal that it makes me feel dead. so weird.

    1. YES! I’m glad you followed that hunch and went with it… so you could feel alive 🙂 that’s a great description and exactly how I was feeling. Consumed from consuming so much and 99% of it was not a healthy consumption!

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