As part of my year devoted to me I deactivated my Facebook exactly one week ago. Let me tell you, it feels fantastic!! You never know just how much you need to have a mindless distraction in front of you until you completely delete it from your life. How do I fill my time if I’m not obsessively scrolling through people constantly complaining or somebody ranting about politics? I will gladly tell you. Here is my list of other wonderful activities and/or hobbies I have been able to devote myself to in this past week:
1) Reading – One of my most favorite things to do and now I have even more time to do it! My book list and stack of books waiting to be read has gotten a bit out of hand. Currently reading: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Highly recommended!
2) Yoga – My other love. I have been practicing consistently (mostly from home) for a little over a year now. My passion and devotion for my practice has grown immensely in that time. I love the feeling of stillness and being held in this very moment whenever I get on my mat. (I’ll have a post completely dedicated to yoga one of these days.)
3) Arts/Crafts – I think I just like saying arts and crafts because it reminds me of a simpler time back in the days of finger painting and Elmer’s glue. I’ve had some projects on the back-burner for the longest time and aside from the fact that I put the PRO in procrastination, I now have more time to bring some fun into my life.
4) Presence – Dedicating myself to a daily yoga and meditation routine has brought stillness and awareness into my life. Without always keeping up with what is going on in other people’s lives, I have more time to notice the world around me. Small things I took for granted before such as snuggling with my Iggy’s after a long day, taking the time to cook a meal or appreciating the way the sun shines into our home.
5) Relationships – It’s no surprise that relationships take a little more work in today’s day and age filled with technology. Without Facebook around, I realize who the truly important people are in my life and actually take the time to connect with them through a call or text message, instead of just creeping on their profile page.
Overall, this first week has been healthy for me and this might sound crazy but….I don’t even miss it! I pictured myself having terrible withdrawals and coming up with ways of stopping myself from checking what was going on in Facebook land. But not having it has made my life less….complicated I think. I don’t worry about silly things or get caught up in others’ negativity (not that I did much before). I recommend going Facebook-less for pretty much anybody. It’s a nice detox for the soul. Will I come back to it? Maybe one day. However, I’d like to think that if I do it will be when I’m at a better point in my life and can keep the scrolling in check.
Wishing you all a great week!