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What I did and what I learned in 24 hours off of Instagram...

Seems like something we're all going through - everywhere I look I'm reading the same thing - we're all looking for healthier relationships with technology and our devices. 

Don't get me wrong - I love the way social media connects us globally and the wealth of information literally at our fingertips.  But I think the key is to use it as a tool to our advantage, not get sucked down into the proverbial rabbit hole. 

Personally, I love to explore and connect to articles from sites I follow and read about things that I truly find helpful. The trouble for me is, I spend so much time reading the articles and exploring that I don't actually get around to doing "the things" as much as I'd like. 

I've been seeing more and more of the people I follow taking extended breaks, weekend breaks, or putting other limits on their social media time.  So I decided that just for 24 hours I would cut it out of my day.

Full disclosure, it was hard at first!  It's just a natural reflex now.  Wake up? Instagram. Waiting in line at the grocery store? Instagram.  Making dinner? Instagram?  Getting ready for bed? Instagram.

So what did I do? I went to the gym.  Took my kid to an appointment. Checked out an event downtown with both my boys.  Got a coffee and took a walk with my husband.  Took in the Rock and Gem show.  Ordered in and watched a movie.  The next morning I went for a run with my husband and got some errands done.  Including waiting in line at the grocery store ;)

I actually went 28 hours.  And I was torn.  I wanted to stay off longer, but the pull of that glaring direct message was too strong. 

What did I learn?  I learned that social media has a place.  I learned that I can make the choice when to, and when not to use it.  I can limit myself and choose to take actions that lead me to live the life I want to live. 

So today I started a new 40 day sadhana, did 3 cycles of Scandinavian hydrotherapy in the steam room, swimming pool and hot tub in our building.  had another coffee and walk with my husband and now we're eating cliched Canadian foods while watching the Junos!

Going forward I will be more mindful about how much time I spend on social media, and I definitely see more extended breaks in my future!

How do you find the balance in your life?