First of all, HI if you are a new reader. I think Gillian (this week’s podcast guest!) posted about BOBW on PMG (enormous physician mom’s group on FB; I am not a member because I found it way too tantalizing and addicting and therefore cut myself off in 2016) and I noticed an uptick in follows of the podcast. I have no idea if that will translate to more readers here, but if so, HI and WELCOME TO MY BLOG where I post like it’s 2005, for the most part.
(Although I do use capital letters now! So there has been some progress.)
I un-suspended my Instagram accounts a few days ago. NOT because I was dying to log in, but because when I did the Mom Hour guest episode, they graciously linked to all of my social media (including @shubox_plans) and I didn’t want people to be clicking through and seeing dead links!
That would have been poor form, since I provided those links during the episode as well.
However, the cleanse helped me. I have not felt tempted to mindlessly scroll whatsoever. I don’t know if that’s just January Energy or if it was an effect of the ~10 day period of total abstention, but I’m just not finding it all that compelling. Which is exactly the effect I was looking for.
I don’t hate social media. I just hate that I (more than some other) have a tendency of getting sucked in for FAR longer than I had meant to, I am prone to compulsive checking, and I absolutely use it as an emotional crutch when I am probably better off with other methods.
I also find that it often makes me feel bad. (Though not my planning account feed. That one is pretty soothing.)
I am continuing to do more:
- daily meditation
- writing here
- focused work for my (real) job
- focused time with the kids
I have also generally felt less harried and scattered, even though I have a lot going on right now, task-wise.
If I find myself sinking back into default checking mode . . . I plan to just suspend again. I am glad that these applications have made that a nice easy option. Good move, Facebook conglomerate!
Did anyone else take an IG/FB/TikTok (ha) break in 2020? How is it going so far?