Happy Labor Day!
In the spirit of resting from work, I’d love to share my recent experience with a 30 Day Digital Detox. Many of us spend countless hours scrolling or posting on social media. If we aren’t careful, it has the potential to make a detrimental impact on our spiritual connectedness to God as well as our mental and emotional health. While our bodies and spirits have a way of letting us know when we need rest, we often wait until we’ve reached burn out to take a break. Nonetheless, the Lord is always leading us to a place of stillness. Therefore, you are free to rest from social media in the form of a digital detox!
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. Mark 6:31
Here’s what I’ve learned from a 30 Day Digital Detox:
1. Live for the moment, not Instagram. The best things in life happen off “the gram”. The present moment is all we have. I’m learning to minimize distraction by honoring it as the precious gift it is.
2. I achieved more inner connectedness. This leads to less comparison and more contentment. Getting likes on social media offers a source of validation which can be affirming. However, it was a great reminder to affirm myself and seek God for approval in all things. I was able to get my priorities back in order spending more quality time with my husband and toddler without the distraction of my phone.
3. I found more ways to unwind and have fun. I conquered my fear of swimming in the ocean, repotted my plant and finally sorted through the haunting pile of overwhelming mail.
In closing, I found so much peace disconnecting from social media, I’m having a hard time coming back. Fall is the perfect time to make a change for the better. Don’t let a fear of missing out rob you of the restoration the Lord may be calling you to achieve. 30 days may not be for you. A few days to a week will also work wonders to disconnect and unplug. Wishing you an abundance of love, joy, peace and contentment.
God Blesh Ya,
Your Faith Girl