Why opting out of social was the ultimate act of self-care

An analog girl in a digital world | Why I believe deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts was the ultimate act of self-care. #socialmedia #socialmediadetox #selfcare #personalgrowth #wellbeing #mentalhealth
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For whatever reason, this season of my life has been extremely difficult. We have been struggling with my daughter’s behavior a lot, causing me to feel overwhelmed and like I’m failing her in some way.

Add to that some existential angst of my own and it’s been a cluster fuck of shame, guilt, anger, frustration, sadness, and pure exhaustion. 

My escape for a long time now has been to pull out my phone and zone out on whatever social media app holds my interest. Which is counterproductive and entirely unhelpful with my daughter who acts up even more in a bid to get my attention. 

Two weeks ago, I decided that it was time to take another break from social media (interesting timing since this is exactly when I signed off last year) and shut down everything, including the podcast.

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Why it all comes back to the breath (with Meagan Roppo)

Why it all comes back to the breath — an interview with Meagan Roppo of She Enlightened

I’m fairly certain there isn’t a person on the planet who would argue that breathing isn’t important. (I mean, we’d be kind of dead without it.) But did you know that our breath is also a tool that we can use to regulate our emotions, bring more awareness into our lives, and balance our energy? 

That’s what this week’s guest, Meagan Roppo of She Enlightened, and I spend our time talking about in this week’s episode of the podcast.

I’m not gonna lie, there are a few moments in the interview where I had trouble containing my excitement about what she was saying. (Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with what Meagan says the practice of yoga is really intended to do.)

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Do you ever power off?

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

I shouldn’t admit to this publicly, but the picture above is as close to a self-portrait as one can get without actually being in the picture. I am queen of having three different devices in front of me — computer, phone, and tablet — while simultaneously trying to read a book. The only difference is, I don’t drink coffee while doing it.

(What? I don’t like coffee.)

My husband always jokes and offers to hand me his phone, or to grab our daughter’s tablet, so that I can have another screen to look at. 

He laughs. 

I don’t.

Not because I don’t appreciate being poked fun of. (I do.) But because it’s symptomatic of a much larger issue for me: a feeling of always needing to be on and connected

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