If you follow me on any social media channel, you may have noticed that I have been absent in the last month. I have been receiving more and more worried messages from lovely people all over the world. Everything is ok! It was a conscious decision to take a break from social media activity. With Halloween, Baby Zand's first birthday, and Thanksgiving, I wanted to spend my time with family and friends instead of scrolling through endless feeds of food, exercise, and cats (yes, that's pretty much what I follow :-)), and then get hung up on commenting on everything I see. You know how it is: you open Instagram, and suddenly an hour later you realize the dishes still need to be cleaned, baby has fallen asleep on your lap, and you need to get on with your life.
I wanted to live in the moment, and not worry about getting the right shot to put up. I wanted to take more time to breathe, smile, and read every day. I wanted to eat warm food, that didn't have to sit and wait to be photographed first. But most of all, I just wanted a break from living up to social media pressure.
Don't get me wrong. I love social media. I love how I can connect with people in South Africa, Spain, and Argentina all with one single post of what's on my plate or on my mind. I love that I have these friends all over the world, who I have never met, and yet feel like I know them very intimately. I love how I can reach so many people, who may just feel a little bit inspired to do something healthier for themselves when they see my posts. But social media can also put you and your life under a magnifying glass. Most social media feeds are the highs of people's lives. It's the fantastic things they do, and see, and eat. It's not about the messy kitchens, screaming babies, and exhausted brains. And I like that. I like that I see positive messages, and get great vibes through my social media. However, it can be exhausting to live up to that same image; to the picture perfect meals, the happy families, and the fabulous holidays.
So what did I do with all my free time? While my phone felt neglected, I played with Baby Zand, I did more Reiki, I just breathed and closed my eyes for a minute or two. I encourage you to give yourself the gift of a social media free time during the upcoming holidays. Take a deep breath of the smell of Christmas cookies baking, take mental pictures of smiling children opening their presents, and feel the love all around you. That is what it is all about!
I will be back to social media. As much as I loved the break, I did miss connecting with my friends all over the world. I will just be more mindful how much time I use to scroll through feeds, how much I like and comment on posts, and how much I post myself. :-)
Here is to living in the moment!