Do you feel stressed when you’re hanging out on social media? Do you feel a bit too sucked into the online world?
I DO! I get a bit overwhelmed by the things I “should be doing” that others seem to do with ease. I am well aware that comparison is the thief of joy and while I’m in a fantastic place with not comparing to others on social media it can still suck the life out of me. Why is that? It’s because I’m allowing it to replace moments of REAL LIFE. I notice sometimes I’ve scrolled Instagram from the comfort of bed for an hour. Did I just give the internet a full hour of my life without gain? YEP!
We all deserve to live in the moment with social media breaks especially when we feel that stressed overwhelmed feeling rise. We need to stop giving our time to the internet and give our time to loved ones and more productive moments in business and life. The internet and Instagram are fantastic places and they pay my bills, but I’m a wife, mother, and adventure seeker so I need to feed my soul and get offline a few times a month. You can sign up for my email list HERE to get more real chat doses like this sent directly to your inbox.
Here are 3 reasons why you NEED to unplug occasionally.
- Live the moment with full intention AND attention. Who has stopped in an epic moment to snap a photo then share it online right then or just minutes later? Raising my hand high over here. While I think that’s ok to do occasionally it’s not ok to do routinely. Capturing that moment by camera is fine, but once you’ve done so put the camera down and soak it up. You can even practice not taking a photo of that great moment and truly just living every second it. As a millennial mom (sometimes I hate that word because I’m an 80s baby, but I’m learning to embrace it) I understand that our world is cell phones and sharing but it’s so healthy to practice putting it away completely to truly live with intention while giving attention.
- Your family deserves it. Boom, I went there. My toddler has told me once “Mom get off your phone” and boy was it heart breaking. I have sat him down to try to explain mommy works from her phone and computer but nothing can compare to the feeling of a 3 year old asking for your phone to be put down. I want to add here that I am not judging anyone who is on their phone, I get it! But there are times to set it down and hearing my son asking once was all it took. I now tell them, Mommy has to check her messages really quick if I’m working with a client that needs an answer timely otherwise I sit down to answer emails twice a week by computer. Instagram scroll time is now reserved for naptime. Let’s not leave out my husband because he deserves my full attention as well.
- Your mind and soul needs it. Nothing beats a clear mind. When you step away from the internet and Instagram your mind quickly opens up and the creativity begins to flow again. Have you noticed when you get in a funk how quickly that changes when you’re not online? I am a BIG advocate for me time and doing what you need to do to be the best you, sometimes removing the elements that cause stress can be the thing your mind and soul is asking for.
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