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Social Media Free Mornings

March 20, 2017
Social Media Free Mornings | Tiny Ambitions
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? If you’re anything like me, you roll over and check your phone.

For me, it’s almost instinctual, but also like a nervous tick. I manage websites and social media for a living. I’m basically always connected. But I think that’s the case for most people now in our hyper-connected world. We are always ‘on’ or we are expected to be.

Since starting a couple of blogs in my personal time (including this one), the social media itch has become quite a lot worse. This whole other world of connections, relationships and instant gratifications exists in the palm of my hand – of course, I want to be a part of that!

What I have noticed is that, with my increase of social media activity, I seem to be losing bandwidth in my brain to function and focus on other things. I am exhausted after juggling email, breakfast & insta for 5 minutes in the morning – like I’ve already exhausted all of my brainpower to engage and interact.

Now, I’m not a terribly social person in the real world. I’m much more of an introvert. I love to be alone and sometimes I need to be alone. Which makes what I’m building to here all the more worthwhile.

I don’t want to continue expending the little social function I have on mostly useless emails, and a Facebook feed jammed with videos of kittens (even though they are adorable).

If your social media itch becomes a compulsion, something you indulge in as second nature when you’re bored or watching T.V, that is when it becomes a habit you really need to explore.

So that is what I intend to do! I’m going to try and exist with social media free mornings. No email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram until I start working in the morning (when I get paid to do it)! This might only be for an hour or two, but now that I have created this boundary to learn from, I’m sure it will feel like an eternity.

I’m going to start small. Maybe 7 days to start, which will count as my detoxing period.

Why am I doing this?
  • Instagram will still be there when I choose to log in.
  • I refuse to let myself succumb mentally to FOMO.
  • We all deserve a little ‘disconnected’ time.
What do I hope to get out of my Social Media Free Mornings?
  • A little more headspace, literally.
  • Some clarity on what social media I want in my life, and what I can do without.
  • A few doable, longer term media boundaries.

Do you feel like you could use a little less social media in your life? Start your own Social Media Free Morning challenge!

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  • Holly May 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I’m taking a long break from fb. I find its mostly people sharing news articles etc & the news headlines stress me out. Doesn’t feel like it brings me closer to anyone in any significant or meaningful way. I would rather a friend reach out personally to me than share news generally to hundreds of fb friends. Seems so impersonal. I hope to delete it for good. But I adore instagram!!

    • tinyambitions May 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      I feel the same way about FB. It’s much easier to reach out in other ways to important friends and family. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is frustrated with social media. Thanks for reading Holly!

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment April 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

    That sounds like a great boundary to set, Brittany. I hope you enjoy that breathing space in the morning! I have recently revised my social media use as well, deciding to get off Facebook altogether, as I was finding myself religiously checking it after work each day and then realising I was not getting value from 95% of the content I was seeing. So why waste my time wading through all the clutter to find that 5% (which I can seek out on individual websites anyway), I figured. It’s so liberating to be decisive about it and just unplug, although it’s not easy to take the plunge, that’s for sure! I guess that’s the FOMO at work. PS. Apologies I have been absent for a number of weeks – I have been missing your posts and am looking forward to catching myself up! 🙂

    • tinyambitions April 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

      I’m so glad you’re back- I missed your insight! So far I have been failing at having social media free mornings. But I’ve noticed that just recognizing the habit has been a helpful first step. Good for you for kicking Facebook, I agree that most of it is so not useful for my life.

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.