Mental Health Monday: social media purge

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Hi all! I’ve been toying with new ideas for the year and I thought it might be nice to do an occasional mental health Monday post, just a little peek into what I do to stay grounded and find meaning.

I recently made the decision to shut down my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. I found that I got very little pleasure from them and more anxiety than not. LinkedIn, in particular, was a waste and a nuisance. I rarely used it, but I was constantly receiving messages about security breaches. The thought that they couldn’t get their shiz together to secure my account was a deal-breaker after the umpteenth password change.

The election drama was a large part of my decision to quit Facebook. The amount of fake news and poor insight being promoted just made the choice all the easier. Since quitting, I’ve felt a sense of ease that I haven’t felt in a while. I don’t need to make excuses for not returning someone’s add request and I don’t have to censor my views and opinions because I might upset someone I know or work with… ain’t no time for that.

I’ve also started limiting my time on twitter. I love the sense of community among aspiring and new writers, but there are too many battles to be fought and I just don’t feel like getting into it. Cutting back and spending time on actual writing, blogging, and video-making brings me much more joy.

I love Instagram and it’s become my platform of choice for browsing. I regularly declutter my follows and try to curate my feed, but I much prefer the visual pretties over the storm of angry text. Pinterest, still good.

Overall, I’m pleased with the direction I’m taking and am less bogged down by other people’s opinions.

Try it for a few days, unplug and see how you feel. Let me know how it goes 🙂

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Author: gricel d.

writer. librarian. cat lady.

2 thoughts on “Mental Health Monday: social media purge”

  1. I’m all for themed weekly series, and also all for mental health, so this type of post is right up my alley!

    I’m constantly wondering if I should step back from social media. Since I began toying with changing my aliases, I’ve also been toying with removing myself from some social media altogether. I’ve always loved taking my breaks from social media and definitely need to have another vacation from the platforms soon.

    1. It took me a while to take the leap… literally, weeks of debating whether to shut it or not, but no regrets so far. FB in particular was getting a little toxic for me and I just needed out.

      On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 3:17 PM, marginalia and such wrote:

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