9:02am I am surprised and pleased to report that I do feel more peaceful this morning than usual. Although I suspect it is related to my social break, I believe it is an indirect result. I believe I am feeling more peaceful as a direct result of the fact that I choose to read with my free time instead of mindlessly scroll social. I believe it’s possible that reading is a healthier way for me to relax.
Interesting to note was that last night while trying to relax in the tub, I found I couldn’t stop my mind from obsessing over work projects. It was almost as if mindlessly scrolling social was the coping mechanism I’d been using to distract myself and eventually relax at the end of the day. The silver lining is that I got a lot of good work done in the bathtub, believe it or not! And this new awareness continues to reinforce the importance of this social break for me.
I continue to feel anxious about whether or not I will break my “rules” and log in. I suppose I simply need more time away from social in order to have more confidence in my self discipline muscle in this area and so the experiment continues.
11:16am I’m finally getting round to the pedicure and am soaking my feet while working. This is usually a time when I’d check in to social media “quickly” to see what everyone’s up to. I just spent a pleasant 30 minutes reading fiction book reviews on Amazon instead. I’m motivated to stop by the library this afternoon and pick up a novel for the weekend!
11:40am My energy is at a low point — because it’s Friday? Low blood sugar before lunch? Who knows? Regardless, I feel the urge to check social and I wonder, do I use social check ins like an espresso shot? Like, to get a quick jolt of energy? If so, that would explain why I usually feel a constant “humming” of energy despite my exhaustion and tendency to overwork. What happens if it goes away? Will I still be as productive?
4:05pm In line at the grocery store. It feels awkward not to check social. What did people do before social? Read tabloids?
5:35pm Just finished dinner and am enjoying brownies from scratch fresh out of the oven. I have 4 books from the library in front of me and I’m looking forward to diving in!
I must admit I’m very surprised how much more peaceful I feel without social. It’s weird. Almost like time is different here. There seems to be more if it. It feels like I’m thinking more delicious thoughts. Is it possible that social media is like digital noise pollution? My thoughts feel less scrambled and my inner monologue sounds less harried. Guys, is there really something to this?!
Feeling peace at an astounding 8 out of 10! The experiment will continue to Day Three!