Today I want to chat a bit about the benefits of taking a break (sometimes a forever one) from the world of social media.
I recently chose to take a hiatus, because I was getting sucked into the comparison spiral again. Have any of you ever been there? Someone else just got a promotion, a new house, or they have “the body you’ve always wanted.” And you feel like the world is just passing you by. It causes us to look away from our own blessings and hyper focus on what other people have.
In essence, you are stealing your own joy.
We can become fully absorbed in ourselves and how we measure up to the ones we follow or those who follow us. We are placing a ton of pressure on ourselves for “our performance”, which in turn makes us dwell in insecurity because we are comparing a completely unique being (ourself) to another. There is no comparison.
Dopamine, a “happy” hormone, is one that triggers when you get what you can, while you can. It is the same hormone released when doing drugs! Whaaaaaat. This is the one that goes off when we check our “Likes”, “Comments”, etc. Studies have shown that these social media sites are made specifically with addicting qualities for the users. Not cool, man. One can end up valuing numbers on a screen more than the affirmation from a real interaction!
I believe that there is so much good happening in the world of social media, but balancing your use of it is hugely beneficial to not only your brain but to your real face-to-face interactions as well. We are social creatures and made to interact with others! It is SO cool. When we engage in stimulating, challenging conversation with another human being in person, our body releases oxytocin and serotonin. Both of these hormones are also happy ones. They last longer, and you carry with you a sense of fulfillment, and love for your WHOLE self, not just the perfectly typed out and filtered one behind a screen.
We need to put an end this isolation! I want to challenge you to put down your phone for a few minutes, and feel the discomfort, feel the want-to-pick-it-up-so-you-don’t-have-to-make-“awkward”-eye-contact; just be with yourself and your thoughts. Write. Talk to someone you don’t know! You will be so surprised at how rewarding it is to fill yourself up with face to face interactions, so much more so than an online presence.
Don’t miss out on life while you are catching that social media highlight reel.
ON THAT NOTE! This week is a bit of a double feature because I have a little “recipe” tidbit to hopefully help with this week’s Easter cookies! I gotta tell you guys, I LOVE Easter. I love the hype around the morning and the Spring and dressing up and of course! Copious amounts of chocolate.
PALEO POWDERED SUGAR:
-1 6oz. Bag of Coombs Family Farm Maple Sugar*
-2 TBLS Tapioca Flour or Starch (Same thing, sometimes packages just read differently)*
-1 Pinch Himalayan Salt* (optional)
- Dump bag of Maple Sugar into a blender or food processor. I used a blender. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds or until it has a very fine consistency.
- Add the Tapioca and salt if you so choose. Blend again for about 15-20 seconds on high.
- Store in glass container. Yields just over a cup.
Blessings and Be Well,