· ·

A Month Semi-Unplugged

For the month of August, I elected to join in with hundreds of other women to get off Instagram for the month. In addition to being off Instagram, I substantially limited Facebook. I’ve took the app off of my phone and minimized checking it on my phone browser. I logged out on my browser and closed the window each time which caused me to be more intentional about when I utilized Facebook. It is far harder to do a “quick check” when you add extra steps to log in, and the browser interface is far more clunky to use.

 It was the break, and reprieve I didn’t know I desperately needed. My month is up, and I have no desire to get back on. I did pop into my Instagram today for less than 5 minutes to clear away any notifications. I found myself with no desire to stay on. There were too many other things I would rather do with my alone time while my son napped. 

Last night after putting our son to bed my husband and I hung out in the living room, relishing in some uninterrupted conversation. I mentioned to him that I have officially been off of Instagram for one full month. He asked me if I was going to get back on and I was able to confidently answer not yet. 

In the last month, I got on the floor with my son 10x more than I normally do. I was present and aware. I read him books, we played with new toys and introduced coloring. We spent tons of time outside. I feel like I was present with him far more than I have been prior to getting off Instagram. 

I read a total of 6 books this month and am about halfway through book 7. 

I consistently started practicing yoga again, deepened my meditation practice, and fine-tuned my journaling habit. 

I taught yoga in person for the first time! I reached out to the base gym to figure out potentially teaching yoga for the gym on base. I had the Red Cross programs coordinator reach out to me to ask if I would be interested in teaching yoga as part of their resiliency program. 

Some of these things are things I’ve said I’ve wanted to do for months. However, I would always delay taking action because I would get lost in the scroll of my phone, or I would end up comparing myself to these other people taking action and feel like “what’s the point” or “why bother”. By removing access to the highlight reels of others’ lives I was able to take my own actions and pursue things I’ve been thinking about for months. 

I rested a lot. I took naps, went to bed early, and allowed myself to be bored. I didn’t realize just how much I was consuming. I didn’t realize just how much my body and brain needed a break. I didn’t create or write as much as I thought I would in my time away from Instagram, which is partially why I feel like I’m not done yet. I need more time away, my healing has only begun and there is much more work to be done.

Lastly, an interesting thing I noticed was I felt my emotions more fully in the moment. Prior to August, when I would feel tired, angry, irritable, sad, or really any “unpleasant” emotion I would pop open those social apps, trying to ignore whatever emotion might be coming up. By not scrolling until the emotion passed I was able to more fully feel my emotion and then let it pass. 

All in all, I highly recommend a social media fast. The first week is a bit hard as you adjust and notice what your habit was, but you quickly get to a point where you realize it may have been taking more from your life than it was giving to it. I don’t when I’ll get back on Instagram and I don’t know what it will look like when I do. I’m going to continue to relish in the JOY of missing out. And enjoy a deeper connection with my husband, texting updates to friends and family, and exploring the big world right alongside my son, seeing it from his one-year-old level.

And here’s a photo dumb from the last month:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.