Now I don't mean to get ahead of myself and sound like I have deleted all social media and that you can't find me daily on Instagram haha [don't be crazy] BUT I deleted the Facebook app off my phone, I signed out of all browsers at all my salons, & off my internet browser on my phone/at home. This felt like way too big of a process which showed me how even more needed this was. Then it was time to decide how I was gonna do it, my sister & my gf both give their passwords to someone else so that they can change it for them and its impossible for them to sign on. I didn't want to do that because I really like all my passwords haha I finally have them all memorized and I didn't want to start over so I just signed off. I am embarrassed by how hard this was at first but after day 1 it was much easier and I had decided 7 days of no Facebook was my goal and I made it. I didn't log on once, I wanted to and those stupid notification emails from Facebook did not help. How did I forget to turn those off? lol after 99 notifications it stopped letting me know but who sent that message?! who was the friend request from!? I was dying to know. But I did it.
Once I signed back on it was kind of awful. I couldn't get through the notifications, there were way too many. I felt anxious within a few minutes and had to log off with a headache, so I decided I wont be downloading the app for my phone and I probably wont be on even a tenth of what I used to be on and I am super happy about how the Facebook break went. My girlfriend asked if I felt out of the loop and I totally did. I have no idea what is happening with a lot of people that I used to catch up with regularly on there but I am making a more conscious effort to call my friends and to text them. I am hoping this leads to more real connections.
I wanted to mostly get on here and say how happy I am about the changed this made for my family. The change was almost immediately seen in Claire. She no longer wants my phone, she has drastically reduced her tantrums and I feel so much more connected with her. I find myself no longer feelings frustrated as often as I did before which is a huge blessing for all of us. I get way more cuddles in, more kisses and we all seem to be sleeping better. I am able to set my phone down, walk away and have a tea party with my daughter. I have a lot less pictures of her but if its because I am not using one hand to always be on my phone then its ok. I feel more productive and like my time has been used in more meaningful ways. Ryan & I always say we are going to be on our phones less at night and we are still working on that but the improvement is noticeable and I am really really pleased.
So if I have missed an important life event because of my lack of being online please give me a call, I would love to chat and even though my "likes" have hugely been cut back please know I still love the updates I do see when I randomly sign on. I know many of my friends rarely use their social media and this may seem real silly haha but it was a big one for me and if you have tips on how you let it all go please send them my way.
Have a great day