I’ve come to realise that social media creates unnecessary stress and adrenaline in our bodies.
It stops us from being present in the moment and distracts us from the things that really matter. You might even notice, if you take a moment to feel how your body responds after you pick up your phone, that your stomach has clenched or you’ve stopped breathing properly – you’re subconsciously feeling anxious as a result. Personally, I find myself scrolling through social media feeds in the time I have to rest – it’s a mindless scroll that has become addictive and is incredibly time wasting.
I’ve realised that boundaries are essential in creating a balanced life – especially because so much of my business is based on social media. My JSHealth community already knows that I have a commitment to switching off my social media every day. I call this entering the JSHealth Stress-Free Zone – where, for 20-30 minutes each day, I’ll switch off all social media and focus on being present; reading a book, going for a walk in nature or listening to an inspiring podcast. I also ensure I switch off my social media every day (around 6pm).
However, I’ve now taken it one step further… I’ll check my Instagram and Facebook in the morning and then I delete both of the applications in the middle of the day. Stay with me here. I then check again in the mid to late afternoon. Obviously there are periods of time when I log back on to put something up for work – but essentially, I’m only checking social media twice a day and in chunks. And, it’s honestly been life-changing.
I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more present, I have more clarity of thought during my work hours and I don’t have the anxious urgency to respond or engage with social media. Deleting the apps has helped me minimise my anxiety – everything feels more manageable. Social media makes us feel like we have to respond to everything instantaneously. This instant urgency is what creates cortisol. In this modern day when we have so much of that, it’s so important to slow down and be present.
So I encourage you to try deleting your social media in the middle of the day and checking it again only later in the day. You’ll notice how much more calm and mindful you will be.
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