Day 44 – Goodbye Facebook!

fbPart of my 111 Day Challenge is to do a Digital Detox. My goal from the beginning was less mindless scrolling, less mindless TV watching and less time in front of the computer. I sat my own rule of no social media before 7am or after 7pm. That gave me a few hours in the morning to meditate and wake up and then a few hour a night with no distractions. It worked some days, and some days it didn’t. And when I found myself feeling irritated and restless just because I could not reach for my phone I decided that enough is enough. So earlier this week I deleted Facebook of my phone. I purposely waited to blog about it because I wanted to see how it went. And just to make it clear, I still have Facebook on my computer so I am not completely cut off. And I have the app Pages that allows me to manage my own business pages on Facebook (but not see any feeds) and I have the app Facebook Messenger (so I still get personal messages from my friends).ย  The first day it felt weird and I had like a constant feeling that I forgot something, that something I could not put my finger on was missing. And yes, I felt a bit bored. And restless. Day two was better. I did find myself looking at Instagram a bit more than usual, probably to compensate. Day three I found that that urge to reach for my phone was almost gone. Day four I was hardly thinking about it at all, and not missing it. It actually feels like freedom not to have it. To bring in a silly metaphor, but it feels like breaking up with that boyfriend that was kinda boring, kinda mean and kind of an energy vampire. So to all of you that have reached out to me telling me you could never do it I am here to tell you that yes you can. And when you do, you are going to be much happier. Because let’s be honest here people, what do you actually get out of Facebook (and no, I am not talking about keeping in touch with family and friends that live far away … you can still do that on Facebook on your computer). It’s photos of pets and children, photos of food, there are endless quotes (ugh, when are people gonna stop posting quotes of things someone else said, say something yourself why don’t you), shared news that you might not want to see just pops up right there in your feed, meaningless test of what kind of flower you are, complaints, bullying, mean comments … So my challenge for you guys is to delete the Facebook app from your phones for one week. No long time commitments, just do it for one week. If you find your self being irritated, mad, frustrated, restless, tense, on the edge, jumpy … well these are real symptoms of withdraws and you have a real Facebook addiction. And you might need to start thinking about what you are going to do about that. Let me know how it goes.


Yoga: LivFree Power UP with my teacher Annie Q (I modified a lot due to my back – but sometimes yoga is not about the poses but about the community and the love in the room).

Meditation: My 5am meditation comes so easy now, it feels just as part of my morning routine as drinking coffee, showering and brushing my teeth.

Self-Love: After my Holiday Trunk Show yesterday I spent almost all day on the couch, drinking tea and reading.

Digital Detox: The big thing this week has been deleting the Facebook app.

Downshifting: I feel very down to earth … and you might not get it now but this is a major teaser. I will let you know January 1st 2017.

 

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