A couple of weeks ago I decided to delete Facebook and Instagram from my phone.
I’d never really thought I had an issue with social media. I never felt like it made me compare, or brought about any anxiety. But what I did recognise is that I always had my phone with me. I would mindlessly pick it up while in the middle of a TV programme, or when I got a spare couple of minutes from my children.
In the past I’ve created rules about leaving my phone in another room while watching TV which would feel really hard and would bring about a change but one which never really lasted.
So when my husband showed me the section of your phone which shows you the apps you spend the most time on and Instagram was at the top by a long way, I decided I was going to go cold turkey for a weekend. How hard could that be?
Actually once the app was gone, it wasn’t too hard. I picked my phone up a few times, and then put it down. And very quickly I pretty much never knew where my phone was. It suddenly detached itself from my soul.
And when Monday came, I reinstalled and realised I really didn’t care what was there, and didn’t feel a compulsion to post all the time.
In fact it reminded me of when I did an elimination diet some 15 years ago. After years of IBS I had gone through periods of giving up gluten and other foods for a few days only to decide I didn’t feel any better. Then after getting REALLY unwell and realising I had no choice but to work out what was wrong with me, I cut gluten out for 4 weeks and when I did introduce it it was so obvious to me how unwell it made me feel. And that’s what that first day felt like to me.
I realised I did actually compare. I did look at what others were doing and it crowded my thoughts. Despite teaching passionately about getting out of your head and into your body I realised the hours I spent mindlessly looking at other people in my industry was making my brain go into overdrive. I’d told myself this was inspiration but in fact it wasn’t. It was comparison. It stopped me from connecting to my intuition, to my soul to drive me, my family and my business forwards. It was stopping me connecting to my wisdom.
Now this is tricky when your job involves social media so I accept that I have to have some level of connection with instagram and Facebook but now 2 weeks on, I am still barely connecting to it instead only posting when it’s purely work related. I mean my kids might be cute but do you really need to see me baking or in the woods when you’re tearing your hair out just trying to get through the day? Because maybe what I was posting was bringing about the same thoughts in you?
So yes I will continue to use social media, but I hope in a more sustainable way for you and for me.
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