So I did a thing.
Actually, I did a few things.
I stopped drinking my beloved red wine for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂