I’m starting my first 30 Day Challenge.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had it.
Before I started this blog, I was well into a social media detox. Once a day to post a cute family picture with no scrolling. It was going great and I felt good.
Then, I started a blog.
Which meant I had to promote it. Now, I constantly find myself on my phone, on social media. What I’ve found, though, is that more than half the time I’m online I’m not promoting my blog at all. I’m caught in the downward spiral that is Facebook. Worst of all, I’ve found myself in the thick of social media politics.
It’s no surprise that I hate the way the world is going. I want to do my part to help because I’m sickened, but it doesn’t do any good to argue through social media. I’m not going to change anyone’s mind. It usually just sparks my anxiety and gets me angry…and no good EVER comes of that.
Enter this 30 Day Challenge: No Social Media Politics
This is the first ever 30 Day Challenge I’ve done. I’ve always wanted to do one but could never fully commit. Now that I’m on a public wellness journey, no better time to start than now!
I will post an update every week on what I’ve done and how it’s going. For those who find themselves getting sucked into a vortex of online judgement and constant commenting, I encourage you to do this with me. This 30 Day Challenge also includes any other commenting that can easily be turned argumentative; for example, film threads.
For the first week, I’m going to focus on:
1. Clearing out my feed
This includes blocking political sites and threads, avoiding personal accounts of people who post on politics and replacing them with uplifting feeds (yoga, personal development or cat videos!)
2. Avoid seeking out triggers
I usually don’t search for things that will make me angry or anxious; however, this may be something you have a hard time with. When we’re having a bad day, it’s easy to try to get some anger out by searching online for a place to argue. Avoiding this is key to a better self. Try to replace this urge by going for a walk, watching a movie or meditating. I encourage the first or the last choice, as watching TV can actually be another anxiety trigger to some people.
3. It’s not just politics
It doesn’t have to be a political thread to become argumentative. Film threads or any trendy videos can have offensive comments that are triggers. If at all possible, avoid the comments section entirely and just enjoy the content. No one really has to know what you think…and truthfully, they probably don’t care. Avoid the trouble it gives you.
I know this may not seem like a big deal, but for someone as opinionated and easily distraught as I can be, this is huge. Social media plays a large role in my anxiety, and maybe for you, too.
Let me know how it goes!
*Featured photo taken in Portugal, atop a local mountain called Minheu.*