In late January 2021 I decided to take a break from social media for the month of February. What I discovered was I needed more than a month away. One month became two and so forth. Although, I am no longer on this break, I do limit my time I spend on social media.
I had originally planned on breaking this “social media break” into days and how it was going. In fact, I actually started off like that but I found when I broke it down to a daily recap, I wasn’t really on a break if I was writing about it each day. I believe if I had continued that way I would’ve only made it a week before giving in and returning to the mindless scrolling.
Why did I take this break? Honestly, I felt I needed a break from all the negativity. I’m not just talking about how people are towards one another these days but the comparison game your mind plays when you are only seeing a highlight reel of a person’s life. Around the end of October of 2020 I had found myself in a funk. October can be a hard month for women who have been impacted by breast cancer. I couldn’t seem to get myself out it no matter what I was doing. After talking with Keisha, one of the RAD coaches at Barbells for Boobs, I decided to take a break. I took all my social media apps and put them in a folder on the last screen of my phone labeled DO NOT USE. You know what? It actually worked and I still keep them in that folder, although the label has changed, it is still on my last screen on my phone. This works for me. Other people I have spoken to take it to the next level and delete the apps entirely.
Now that I am back and I go on to social media, I set intentions on what I’m doing on there and how long I will allow myself to scroll. Another thing I have done is turned off all notifications. This does delay my response time chats or responding to comments on posts. Basically what I am saying it’s not you, it’s me on why you haven’t heard back from me.
If you find yourself mindless scrolling through socials, try taking a break for a week or so then come back. If you try it out let me know how you feel after you’re done with the break. Did you learn anything new about yourself? Are you judging yourself less and maybe loving yourself more?
This is why I have been less active on socials for the past year. Also, you will start seeing more content here. I have a couple new post coming under cancer chronicles. One will focus on all my surgeries and another will go into my current chemo treatment. Then I have a fun post about me being a Barbells for Boobs X Puma model for a day, which will also include the launch party in NYC and meeting a bunch of RAD ladies. Check out their collection here.
Check out my Barbells for Boobs 2022 fundraiser here.