Monday Mantra – Put Your Fricking Phone Down for a Second Please
Welcome to March :) Spring is in the air, everywhere we look around. I hope this finds you feeling refreshed. Having a Leap Year to celebrate always puts me in a good mood. I love shouting out birthdays like my Aunt who was turning 15, did you hear Ja Rule turned 11? Hilarious! Did you get into anything exciting?
I'll be honest, emotionally lately I have been all over the place. Not sleeping well and feeling EVERYTHING. Something clicked while I was scrolling through my phone. It's my addiction to social media that's making me feel some sort of way.
Every morning my phone is the first thing that I grab. I will go on Facebook, check Instagram, the news, Twitter, TikTok. I scroll through strangers and real friends feeds for hours, searching. For how long? I couldn't tell you. I realized that's what I was actually doing this weekend. I was searching for something to make me laugh, ponder or share with my honey. It's fleeting and leaves me feeling empty and for some reason on Saturday, February 29th, 2020. I just didn't want to do it anymore.
Now part of my job is being on social media, so I suppose my scrolling time is even worse because on top of my personal social medias, I also have the 107.3 KFFM Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to check and interact with while I write daily blogs to be posted. So I won't be cutting off social media cold turkey but I know for a fact, I'm WASTING my beatiful mind on scrolling, for hours.
The ONLY social media I have a timer on is TikTok, it was an accident but honestly, there are no accidents. THANK GOD I have a timer because I probably wouldn't even be writing this, I would be scrolling through TikTok, lost in the sauce.
The moment I realized I was over it. I put my phone down. I took a few deep breaths and then I started cleaning up my room. I felt high, on life haha. One task to another, I really made some headway with my messy room and even put up some new decorations I have been too uninspired to fiddle with.
I put effort into being completly present and haven't stopped. I want to drink in conversations and push myself to try new things. I want to connect with people and actually hear what they are saying. Most importantly I don't want to feel like there is something missing. It's freeing to say, "I don't need this" and I want you to feel that too, if you're ready.
Put it down. Take a few deep breaths. Now, what's the first thing you want to do?
Do it and then keep doing it. When you think about your phone, just stop for a second and say no. Keep doing it. Do you know what that's called? Forming a habit. Is it tough sometimes? Yes! Will you die from not using your phone? No!
Your friends and your family miss you, they probably don't even realize how much because they are stuck on their phones too. I know this afternoon, we will be discussing burn out with Comprehensive Mental Health on the show and we always bring up cellphones but I really, really do encourage you to try to take a step back from being on your phone SO much.
Our brains need interaction, crave connection and this social media stuff is so fake, filtered and unhealthy. Taking a step back can help us all enjoy it more, take the inspiration or the fun idea and then get off that thing and go for it. Live our lives.