Needlepoint Leo

I check my social media accounts once a day or once every few days… which is VASTLY different from where I was 6 months ago. 

6 months ago I’d post a picture or an opinion, and then I’d hang around for the reactions. The input. The engagement. So I could process that + respond.

In my Social Media Cleansing program –– where we step back from social media for 40 days and 40 nights, we talk about this a LOT. Social media is one reaction after another… and while that’s not necessarily a BAD thing, it is VERY easy to get swept into. 

Around the 2-week mark in my program, I ask participants to estimate how many notifications they think their social media accounts have gotten since they’ve been offline. Their estimations vs. the reality absolutely BLOWS THEM AWAY – every single time. 

“I thought I was missing so much! But I haven’t really missed anything!” 

Fear of missing out – FOMO. We feel like we’re missing so much when we’re not online, but the reality is – once we’re no longer throwing up new content we’re no longer giving anyone a reason to engage with us. 

Social media isn’t controlling us. We’re tying ourselves TO it by the amount of content that we’re sharing. We’re not addicted to the platform, we’re addicted to the comments, feedback, and reactions of others. 

I was asked today if I could give one tip to other moms + women looking to spend less time on social media, what would it be? 

Find something that keeps your fingers busy! Our social media + technology addictions aren’t just mental – they’re largely physical. If you can keep your hands busy by means of writing, reading a book (physically holding one in your hands and turning the pages), knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, etc. you’re re-wiring the neuro-connectors in your brain to fill the void in other ways. 

It’s hard to sit still – especially during idle times (sitting on the couch, laying in bed, car rides, sitting in waiting rooms, etc). Knowing this, I keep small projects and books everywhere. Needlepoint Leonardo DiCaprio on my nightstand, hard copy books in my purse, crochet needle + yarn on my couch. And these are the things that I reach for FIRST when I feel the pull to fill idle time! 

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