the intentional social media-er

Yeah, I'm aware that "media-er" is not a word, but I felt like it worked. I took a break from social media this weekend. I had never "intentionally" done that before. Some days I'm so busy with the kids that I don't look at my phone for hours, but to actually plan to not check my social media sites for 48 hours was a whole new thing for me.

This became pretty popular a while back to take the weekend away from social media, but I never jumped on board. My husband works most weekends, so it's rare that a weekend for us looks the way it does for anyone else. He happened to have saturday and sunday off so I thought it was a great time! Especially after this post about rest a few days ago. After going non-stop for a few weeks, I felt the need for some rest. Apparently my body felt it too, because I felt sick most of the weekend forcing me to rest even more.

I text a few friends throughout the weekend every time I would feel major withdrawals from social media (yeah, that happened. I'm that addicted). This forced me to be more intentional in my friendships. When I would feel "bored" and start to open instagram, I would open my bible app instead. This forced my thoughts to focus where they should be.

I strive to be very intentional with social media. I want to get to know my followers, and have real conversation. But sometimes it can become overwhelming so I think a break like this was great to help me refocus and realize it's ok to "miss things", since there's no way to really catch up after 48 hours!

Ask yourself a few questions:  -Why am I using social media? -Is it one sided or am I creating real relationships there? -Do I need to take a break? -How can I make a difference in someone's life today on social media?

 

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