Detoxing from Social Media…am I crazy?
So about 6 weeks ago I decided to have myself a Social Media Detox.
I was feeling overwhelmed with life, uninspired to blog and generally blah. I felt like every time I logged into Facebook I was hit with a punching bag full of data that made its way into my head and that it was like carrying a 16kg Kettlebell around with me all the time. Don’t even get me started on Twitter! LOL
The overwhelming feeling wasn’t just about blogging.
Working in the community sector in a human service/counselling role can be extremely draining – I was getting double the hit as I was also volunteering in a counselling role with another national not-for-profit. The constant outpouring of love and empathy to people outside of my internal zone (my family), combined with the need to pour love and effort into my family, left me with a dose of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.
To put it simply I was frazzled.
I felt like if I didn’t remove some of the excess and self imposed stressors from my life that I was going to end up down a very dark rabbit hole.
I needed to refocus, re-energise and re-discover the things that were important to me.
I also happened to be reading a little book by Gabrielle Bernstein called May Cause Miracles. To say I was feeling a little inspired to undertake some mucho needed self care is a bit of an understatement. (If you haven’t heard of Gabrielle Bernstein before have a read through her blog :))
How have I benefited from taking a break from the influx of information that is Social Media?
Clarity, Composure and renewed Commitment to life, a desire to blog again rather than feeling like it was just one extra thing that I had to do, feeling able – I can do big things when I care for myself and put myself first, Ideas flowing forth from my newly cleared mind.
I just feel so much better!
Have you ever considered taking a break from all of the information that you take in daily? I would love to hear about it if you have done it yourself – please share your experiences in the comments below.