During difficult times, self-care is more important than ever. I love social media and being online, but I also know when it’s best to disconnect.
This week has been a doozy. It’s been frustrating and frightening. Reading the news makes me angry and anxious. The comments in some Facebook threads infuriate me. By the end of the day, I’m drained.
Taking a break from social media – even just for a few hours is refreshing. It’s important for all of us to unplug. Disconnecting is a simple form of self-care.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ― Anne Lamar
Part of the appeal of social media (at least for me) is the voyeurism. I like knowing what friends and family are up to. Social media is also my source for all things news and entertainment.
These days, the news is too much. There’s a lot of negativity. The country I was born in no longer feels familiar. It’s horrifying and heartbreaking. And so much of what I read impacts my mood. I want to stay informed but I also want to feel like I’m able to do something to make a difference.
It’s easy to get sucked into the status updates, news stories and twitter feeds. And it’s tough to unplug. But it must be done. (Every few months, I even delete all social media apps from my phone for a weekend.)
It’s important that I recongize when to step away, disconnect and focus on the people and things that matter most. Burn out is not option at this point – there is too much work to be done. I need to be mentally and emotionally prepared for it.
Are you unplugging or taking a break from social media?