Everyone strives to stay connected. One way or another, knowing what is happening and being kept up to speed is important. As part of my quest to control technology in my life, I felt convicted to take an entire day to disconnect. It happened quite by accident, but I have continued it ever since I started and intend to keep it up going forward. I’ll share with you my thought process behind it all and hope to challenge you to do the same.
Why I take a Social Media Sabbath
I use the term “Social Media Sabbath” intentionally. It sounds like a heavy proposition and in a way, I guess it is. Here is the definition of sabbath.
A more modern definition would simply be a day of rest. Being a wife, mom and blogger, my work and play collide in social media. This becomes a major time sucker for me and pulls me away from my duties and my family. This past Easter, I woke up and decided to try disconnecting from all social media for that day.
What started as an experiment became my new normal.
When I take a Social Media Sabbath
I have kept up my Social Media Sabbath every Sunday since Easter. I have designated Sunday as my day of rest from all things social media. No Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Instagram. I only go as far as checking my email.
There wasn’t much rhyme or reason to it other than the fact that I started it on a Sunday, but the more I think about it, it makes sense for our family because we are always together on Sunday. This is the day when we are together as a family the longest, so it makes sense to give them my full attention during that time.
How My Social Media Sabbath Works
I do my last social media check Saturday night and then I just don’t check anything again until Monday. It’s as easy as it sounds. Often my hubby forgets that I don’t check anything on Sundays and he asks me if I saw some update, these days it has become the new norm for him too and he’s better at remembering not to ask me.
I have a habit of checking my social media when there is “down time”. When the hubs is watching something I’m not particularly interested in, or when they boys are otherwise occupied. I’ve actually gone to unlock my phone only to remember that I’m not doing social media that day. What do I do instead? Lately, I have used that habit to prompt me to open my Bible app instead of social media.
Do I miss being connected to Social Media on Sundays? Sometimes, but I often find that come my Monday catch up, I haven’t missed much. I have taken a deliberate step to disconnect from social media in order to be present for my family on the one day of the week when we’re together the longest. That is worth disconnecting. That is worth “religiously observing”. That is my day of rest. Clutter free family time. Clutter free life.
I want to challenge you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be Sunday if that doesn’t work for your family. Make your day of social media rest work best for your family and see how refreshing it is to be free from constantly checking your device. It will save your neck if nothing else.
Do you intentionally disconnect from social media? Thinking about it? Please share your experience with me in the comments!
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