Updated: Sep 6, 2021
Well I did it, one whole month, not just Facebook, but full social media free month!
What did I learn? lots, but mostly that I prefer life without.
Society these days spends increasingly more time on social media, but are we spending so much time in our virtual world that we are missing out on what's happening in our real lives, I was certainly beginning to feel that way and so decided to take a summer long break from Facebook as that is where I felt most my issues lay. However, a couple of weeks in I felt this was not enough so took a complete break from all forms of social media for the entire of august.
So now I'll share with you the top five benefits I found came from being social media free.
More time, way more time. How many times do you catch yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, mostly at content you have little or no interest in, and realise an hour has passed, an hour that could have been used for something far more interesting or productive. Ever wonder where the day goes? I think we have the answer!
Less anxious. I no longer had to worry about weather or not myself and my family were keeping up with everyone else, doing as much or eating as well, as I no longer new what everyone else was doing. On the flip side of this, I no longer felt as though I had to make public and keep proving what we as a family were doing either.
Goodbye perfectionist! What a joy it was to just be involved in what was naturally going on and no longer having to worry that everything was 'picture perfect'. Of course I still took a few pictures of what we were up to, but who cares if the kids clothes were mucky or my make up was not on, they were only for our private collection of memories, just for us to treasure and look back not for anyone else to pass comment. Neither did we have to stop mid fun to snap 20 pictures to get that perfect 'Insta worthy' shot, just the one to capture the moment will do. That walk through the woods became o much more enjoyable and beneficial actually taking in my surroundings over searching for my phone.
4. More focused and productive. Less side tracked scrolling meant less distraction from what I needed or wanted to actually be doing, turns out without social media I don't have much reason to pick up my phone.
5. Time to process. More time to get my mind and thoughts straight and figure out what is right for me. Life is so hectic, add to that the life of your 1000 social media friends and your mind is completely buzzing and overwhelmed. There are just to many thoughts and things to consider. During my time off social media I felt that I had mind space to think things through and make a bit of a plan and decisions as to what I want to do in the future, things that suited me and my family, not just what seemed to the trend at the time.
In conclusion, take away social media and instantly have more time and freedom to live in the here and now, and that is one of the most important things we strive for when practicing yoga. So, what now? will I go back to my old social media addicted ways? I certainly will do everything in my power not too.
Facebook really no longer appeals to me. Other than one yoga group I am part of and the market place I have truly not missed it, therefore I think I will keep this deactivated, logging on only to sell an or buy an item and to keep in touch with said yoga group from time to time. For me personally this social media platform is the one I particularly find detrimental to my mental wellbeing, and actually don't see any significant benefits to my yoga business via this platform.
Instagram, I do like a great deal about this platform in regards to my interest and my business within yoga. In general more of the people I follow or follow me is due to yoga interest rather than someone I stood next to in the school playground one time! However, like all social media you can easily be drawn back in, keeping up with the jones' and constantly checking how many likes your recent post has got, therefore I will remain on this sight, both personally and work but I will be making changes to how often I use the platform. Personally I will keep my use to a minimum, I have thoroughly enjoyed my family life being more private and free and do not want to return to constantly snapping pics for who's benefit? I'm unsure. On the business aspect, I will continue to use this more often, but will be posting content when it feels right for me to do so, and content that is worthwhile, not following the once a day rule, posting random pictures just to get something in. If this means a reduction in my followers then so be it, after all we have to trust in the universe, what will be will be.