The flowers outside our apartment have begin to disappear, reminding me of the same time last year when i literally didn’t realize how the summer was over in a blink of an eye. Since wildflowers are the love language i prefer, i wish summer stayed a little longer. But we still have some time left to follow our summer dreams & soak in the sun for a few more weeks.
More than being a year of consistently sharing & updating my thoughts and experiences in this space, it’s been an year since my social media binging spiraled out of control for the same reason. Although most of the binging has been quite intentional and positive, which honestly really helped me find value & appreciation of my own thoughts but it had also become uncontrollable somehow. In the past year, I have opened the social media apps on my phone an uncountable – unfathomable – number of times, both consciously & unconsciously, sometimes feeling bored and out of ways to pass time. I opened Instagram first thing in the morning (still do) and open my eyes to a feed filled with faces from around the world that i might never see in real life.
Although i haven’t really fell in the vicious cycle of negative aspects of social media such as comparison or asking for affirmations from anyone but the mindless scrolling (sometimes only) has definitely been a constant distraction to the time i would have otherwise enjoyed living in the moment.
Early this year, I deleted my twitter account. Deleting the app doesn’t change all that much, of course.
I promised myself to be more intentional of my actions and how i utilize my energy and time throughout the day, just like how i make conscious decisions regarding our household, family and life in general. Heading towards the end of summer, the year has brought me closer to the purpose of life and closer to happiness i was seeking from a long time. I have enjoyed the warm summer days taking long walks around the neighborhood, picking up roadside wildflowers, re-arranging furniture and decorating the corners of our little space, basically simplifying the mental clutter.
I started “logging off” from social media everyday since last few weeks, also deleted twitter account as i wasn’t really using it but it felt like a burden somehow.
I realized just closing the app didn’t help much but logging off completely from all the apps and from the world in a bigger sense for a few hours every single day definitely helped.
I started focusing on things that really mattered, the little joys of life, specially things that were in front of my eyes and not inside the screen. I even stopped carrying my phone along every-time i head outside for a walk with my pup or otherwise. Most of my early walking days with my pup were spent capturing his silly moves like lying on the grass & chasing leaves and son on but now i certainly enjoy those moments in reality, happening right in the moment.
I begin to “log off” from Instagram throughout the day, only checking it for one hour per day which includes scrolling, commenting and admiring the world. I spent another half an hour for preparing the post i want to share including editing the pictures. Every time my mind urged me to pick up the phone and open the app, the screen would show that it has been logged out and i need to write my password to sign in, which always reminded me why i logged out in the first place.
In the past few days, I have overcome this state of being impatient trying to reach my phone every time i had a few minutes free to myself. This practice of mindfulness and being intentional of every move gave me an opportunity to slow down and treat my mind, body and soul with better things. I spent the extra few minutes that i gained by this simple act of advertence, awareness focusing on other things that bring me joy. Past few weeks, i’ve read more than usual, cooked more food than usual and definitely created more content. I spent most of my time finishing up pending tasks, taking extra care of my food & sleep habits, relaxing my mind whenever needed and just living life in front of eyes in general. I am committed to immerse myself in the feeling of actually living life in the moment and not through my phone screen.
How do you unplug yourself these days?
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