Today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to connect online and how I’m trying to do that in a more mindful way. I enjoy social media, sometimes too much. I spend valuable time on my phone when I could be playing with my kids (not a great example to set), reading a book, writing, or scrapbooking; then at the end of the day I wonder where the time went. Of course, when I really think about it, I know where it went…
A few months ago I made a big change and deleted the Facebook app from my phone. That app was my biggest time-suck and led me down the path of comparison way too often. I still use the Facebook Groups app for a few groups that I enjoy but I am no longer mindlessly scrolling down my News Feed.
Even with that change though, there are still plenty of other sites to keep me distracted during the day. So more change is coming. I want to put my phone down and pick myself up.
How can I be more mindful with social media? Is there even such a thing?
I think there is and I think it comes back to intention, non-judgment and awareness – the basics of mindfulness.
- I’ve set an intention and am trying to limit my “checking-in” to no more than 3 times a day.
- When I do want to open a social media app or website I will start by centering myself with some breathing. This will help me recognize if I’m really aware of what I’m doing or if I’m using the phone or internet as a distraction from things that need to get done or from things that I want to do.
- I will be aware of what time it is and how much time I want to dedicate to social media in that space.
- I will be non-judgmental with myself when I slip and I will set an intention to try again next time.
- I want to engage in a meaningful way when I’m online.
I’ve now publicly declared that I will be more mindful with my social media habits. Please feel free to help me stay accountable to this practice using gentle reminders and encouragement. They are more than welcome!
Where do I connect online?
Mindful Memory Keeping is my new online home. I started this blog to get back to my long-forgotten love of writing. I hope you’ve been enjoying my posts so far. Do you use a blog reader? You can get new blog posts from me on Feedly or Bloglovin’ or Subscribe via Email to have new posts sent straight to your inbox.
In addition to this blog you can find me on Instagram. I share a mix of experiences with my kids and family, my memory keeping projects, and I’m trying to integrate more pictures of everyday mindful moments. I really enjoy photography and I love the combination of creatively editing a photo and at the same time documenting a memory.
I’m also on Twitter and have become a fan since the beginning of the year. I can quickly scroll to see what is going on in the news locally and around the world. I also enjoy the short conversations there. My feed is mostly filled with a mix of mindfulness and news and some of my favorite bloggers. I like to retweet inspiring articles and want to offer kindness to others with my own encouraging and mindful tweets. I find it very uplifting. Give it a try!
Pinterest is another favorite hangout of mine. I love finding beautiful quotes, new recipes, and scrapbooking inspiration. It’s a great resource for party planning too.
Are you a social media lover? Do you strike a good balance or is it a struggle for you too? I’d love to hear your tips and where you like to connect online. Leave me a comment below.
I am grateful that you chose to spend time here today. Thank you for sharing this moment with me.