I feel like I’ve been sick for 90% of the school year, and another bout with bronchitis has frankly left me exhausted. This is not to complain, but more to let you know why this blog has been only sporadically updated during the past few weeks.
I’m also choosing to take a step back from social media. I did this last year, and it was a refreshing break. Somehow, however, the endless Instagram scrolling crept into my daily routine again. I love Instagram, and connecting with the incredible community there, but too often I feel myself picking up my phone and wasting time on the app instead of using it the way I think it should be used–to share and gather inspiration, to build connections, to enjoy the friendship of others.
For the past week, I’ve been limiting my Instagram usage for a set number of minutes per day. I’ve logged out of Instagram on my computer. I’ve disabled app notifications. I’ve already noticed a shift in my behavior. Instead of constantly checking in, I’ve been able to set aside a certain amount of time each day to enjoy the app. I’ve noticed my attention span increase–I’m not constantly shifting to open a tab on my computer to scroll through posts. It’s been very helpful, and I hope that I can stick with in.
In the meantime, I’m going to use this extra found time to live more in the moment, instead of using even a few minutes of downtime to scroll through posts. Right now, for instance, I’m on the train, and instead of spending the ride on Instagram, I’m checking in with you.
I’m committed to spending more time on my blog in the coming weeks–I’ve missed writing here! Let me know what you’d like to see 🙂 Have a wonderful week!