Social Media Pause.

Yesterday I attended a prayer meeting, durning that meeting one of the women prayed that addictions would be broken. She included social media in there. I felt really convicted. It took me about two minutes to take my phone out and delete Facebook. It took me several hours to delete instagram. I went on with my day. It looked a little different but I went and got lunch with a friend and went to the Saturday night service.

It wasn’t until this morning that it felt different. Normally when I wake up, I check all the social media. I scroll through Facebook to see the latest updates. I watch the Instagram stories. I hate to admit it but sometimes I am on my phone for the first hour that I am awake. This morning I didn’t have that. It hit me right in the face how much time I was spending. I laid in bed for a half hour and pet my cats. Opened the curtains and say how sunny it was and went for a walk.

Recently I have just been feeling disconnected from myself. Not in a bad way. But almost like this overall lack of energy. I contributed it to working nights. I am sure that is part of it. But when I saw a reminder for the prayer meeting, my first thought wasn’t I want to go and set an alarm. It was I am sure I will be tired, if I am up I will go. That is not me. I told the Lord that if he wanted me to go then he needed to make sure I was up. Well I woke at 6 am wide awake. That prayer meeting I met some girls who were incredibly nice. When I went to the Saturday night service, one of the girl I met ended up sitting near me. She didn’t normally come to Saturday night service. To me that isn’t a conincidene.

The thing about being disconnected or having a lack of energy is because I was spending hours a day on my phone scrolling through social media. I had felt how consuming social media was and put a time limit on my phone after my trip to the Yurt. I think it was for like an hour or an hour and a half. If I worked I never hit it. But when I wouldn’t work. I would hit it more often than not. I wasn’t consistent with the boundary I set for myself. I am all about healthy boundaries in your life. But sometimes when you set a boundary it isn’t enough. If I knew I could shut it off, I wouldn’t have to go cold turkey. But the soft reminder that I needed to step away wasn’t enough. Its okay to admit you need stricter boundaries. Its okay to enforce stricter boundaries even if people around you don’t fully understand.

I decided I am going to take the rest of the year off social media. I will reevaluate at that point. But there are some projects that I really want to dive into. I want to spend more time with the Lord. I need to reconnect to myself.

Don’t worry I will still be blogging.

2 thoughts on “Social Media Pause.

  1. Social media is an amazing invention. It has helped so many stay connected, yet at the same time build distance and isolation. Taking time off allows time for perspective. As with most things in life, we only get so much time, we chose how we use it and we can never get it back.

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  2. Ashley:

    Sometimes I find myself all caught up in the days news. Thanks for reminding me. I love and miss you my most adventurous one. May Heavenly Father continue you bless you in the difficult times.

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