Overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, “over it”… A glimpse of how I have been feeling lately and it has been clear that something has to change.
Not only for the sake of my sanity, but for my relationship with others, as well as my overall health.
I have identified how much social media takes a toll on my mental health.
Why is it my first go to every morning?
I have other habits set in place that take up majority of my morning routine to ensure I am taking care of my body, mind, and spirit, but why does there have to be a heavy sprinkle of social media throughout?
Why is it a natural habit to click on the “instagram” icon to keep up with the world around me?
I have decided that for the next week, I am going to get through all of my morning routine, including getting a bit of productive work done, without pulling up the media.
I want to see how this discipline can significantly change the way my day goes. I want to see what kind of impact it has on my mental health this week.
Will you do it with me?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Have I been feeling sad and overwhelmed for no “visible” reason?
- Have I been experiencing a sense of “hurry” in the day?
- Have I been able to enjoy the present moment I am in or am I constantly thinking about what could be happening?
- Have I been comparing myself and/or unhappy with myself?
If you answered yes to any of those, I would highly encourage you to take on this challenge with me.
Personally, I am not going to stick to a strict time schedule like “I won’t get on my phone until 10AM”. Quite frankly, every morning and every day looks different for me.
What I am going to do instead, is avoid my social media until I have completed my morning workout, my daily reading session, as well as whatever urgent “work” needs to be done that day.
I believe that not only will my anxiety levels go down, but I will be way more productive. This will allow me to enjoy all of the moments I experience for the rest of the day.
I know that the temptation to live in a hurry is very real in my life and because of it, there are many wasted moments. I am hoping that this allows me to be fully present, slow down, and keep my eyes fixed on what is most important.
To be continued…