Many of us have developed the habit of mindlessly scrolling through our social media feeds the minute we’re bored with where we happen to be – such as waiting in line, walking down the street, sitting at a ball game or (unfortunately) even in traffic. We’ve forgotten the benefits of margin in our lives and need to learn to create space so that we have time to think and process what’s going on in our lives.
For those of us who are chronically ill or are special needs parents, social media is a two-edged sword. It relieves isolation and provides a sense of community, but too much of it can lead to depression and isolation as we begin to compare our lives to the “best of” clips that others are posting.
One way to develop a mindful social media practice is to begin by setting designated times for checking email and social media feeds, and then resolve to be fully present wherever you are. And think about what your spiritual priorities are. Have you had your daily check-in with God? This should come first before you get on social media.
And once a week you might want to consider a 24 hour digital detox. Just turn everything off and be present with your loved ones. It will give your mind a break and help you begin the new week with a fresh set of eyes.
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