From December 29th to February 1st, I took a break from Facebook. When I mean break, I mean I didn’t get on the site at all.
Not even once.
Not even to check on the tiniest of things. Not to check my updates. Not to check my messages or send one to a friend who isn’t in my phone contacts. Not to announce the final completion of my 6th novel.
Zip. Zero. Zilch.
I even deleted both the site app and messenger app from my phone so I couldn’t be tempted. Suddenly, I went from contact with 535+ people to about 15 through text only. It was weird at first, and I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but with a determined mind, I did it. I cut the cord.
So what did I do during my vacation (and yes, I did consider it a vacation, a very relaxing one I might add)? And, even more, what did I learn?
Well, first and foremost, I learned that it’s easy to detach from the world around you by cutting out Facebook. While I still watched the news, there were countless times the hubs would come home, asking me if I’d heard about one thing or another, which of course, I hadn’t.
I guess I never really thought about how much information I really got from the site. Don’t get me wrong when I say this, though, because while yes, I got good information and news, I also got a lot of bad information and news. Which was one of the biggest problems with my time spent on the social media beast.
What else did I learn? I learned that constantly being around such a negative energy as my newsfeed throughout the day was affecting my mood in other areas of my life. No matter how much I tried to make my page a funny, stress free place, barring anything that had to do with religion or politics, my newsfeed was another story.
I didn’t know how much it really affected me until I stepped away from it. Even if I ignored the posts or articles that people shared, even if I just shrugged my shoulders, rolled my eyes, and kept scrolling, there was still that tiny moment where the information registered, filing away in the back of my mind where it sat, stewing.
And it was this stewing that brewed irritation, negativity, and stress that would ooze out of me while doing school with my kids, or watching a TV show with the hubs, or even doing household chores. When you are constantly around the negative, you will find yourself suddenly negative.
Cut that out and you’d be amazed at how bight and happy and wonderful the world around you becomes.
So what did I do with my time during this break?
Anything I wanted. I spent time reading and commenting on blogs that I thoroughly enjoyed and would have missed otherwise. I finished the final draft of my 6th novel. On nice days I worked on my garden boxes, getting them prepared for the coming spring and planting season. I focused on getting in a workout everyday which not only made me feel better, but ended up kicking start my weight loss (I’ve lost 15 pounds so far!). I ran around the house, playing games and doing fun things with my kids, not only because I had time and wasn’t stuck in front of my computer, but because I was in a better mood.
All in all, I enjoyed my break. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I really didn’t want to return. But, living far away from family, I know that the site helped keep me connected with them. With this in mind; however, I haven’t taken up where I left off, visiting the site multiple times a day, every day. I go on maybe once a week and I don’t stay on long.
It’s been a wonderful change in my life.