Thank goodness it's Friday! This was one of those weeks that makes you appreciate the monotony of life. I won't share a laundry list of the challenges but suffice it to say, I'm glad it's over. I knew it would be a tough week, so I created a little extra space in my daily routine. Usually I would have tried to be super woman but I've been making an effort to wear my cape less often. I still exercised and took care of business but tried and actually succeeded at shelving the guilt, mostly. So often we talk about self care not being selfish but putting that into practice is easier said than done.
I'm sipping a cup of tea as I write this, contemplating doing as little as possible this weekend, aside from recharging. I've noticed a decrease in energy with the shorter days and slightly cooler temperatures. I can tell from my classes I am not the only one. After leading exercise and teaching academic classes, environments where I need to create and encourage energy, sometimes I need to withdraw. A book, a movie, music and of course, movement are my go to methods. Social media holds little appeal for me when I am in this space, and I recognize the irony in posting this on Facebook! 😀
Monday was World Mental Health Day and there has been some research linking depression, and anxiety to social media use.
www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/308273.php Social media can be a fun way to stay connected to friends and family, as well as promote your business but it also has a dark side. The glossy lives other people seem to be living, negative news stories, and less than kind words can take a toll on your energy and happiness. Nearly all of us have encountered such things even with strong filters and careful consideration. The law of diminishing returns applies and when it stops being fun, it's time to disconnect.
Being around people all the time can be exhausting and virtual people can be draining as well. I make a concerted effort not to consume too much and keep my social media use positive. As you read this, remember to honor your feelings. A little mindfulness goes a long way. Notice how you're feeling and if you're feeling drained, try to create space to nurture yourself. That may include social media or it may not. Hang up your cape for a little while, pour yourself a cup of tea and allow yourself to just be. We all need a break now and then, give yourself permission.
A great site to learn about mindfulness and meditation.