Tip For a Peaceful Holiday Season: Take a Social Media Time Out

The holiday’s can be the most stressful time of the year. Not because of what they are but because of what we turn them into. This year give your self the gift of peace, love and relationships with my Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season.

Tip: Take a Social Media Time Out

This virtual life we live here on our blogs and Facebook pages can be so fun but it’s never more compelling than the actual lives we live out here in the real world.

Today I had the opportunity to run the Viva la Diva 5k race with an incredible group of women. These girls are in a recovery program where I coordinate a wellness program. They inspire me every day and I couldn’t be more thankful for them in my life. You can see more about that here. We even have girls that have graduated from the program coming back to run with us. I love that! I also love that I get to share this with my own daughter, Chloe. That’s her in the tutu.

So sometimes I wonder how much I miss when I allow my computer to take priority over living out there in the real world, with real people, making real face-to-face relationships with people who need me and who I need.

Not sure this one is for you as much as it is for me. The last few weeks have allowed my computer to completely consume me. Trust me, it’s been super-cool to have my blog getting the amount of attention it’s received over the last few weeks. Exciting stuff. But the more people visit my blog the more I feel the need to perform. And that is not what I’m about. I do want to enjoy success but I also want to enjoy life. So as of Saturday night I will be shutting down my computer and not reopening it until next Sunday. 7 days no computer. No blog. No Facebook. No tweeting. No peeking!

Honestly I’m not really sure if I can do it but I sure am going to give it a try. It’s my phone I worry about most. It’s become so automatic to hit my Facebook app anytime I’m sitting idle waiting somewhere. But I’m up to the challenge and I’m going to put an auto-reply on my email and fast from social media for the week. Why? Peace.

It’s time to be thankful. It’s time to sit back, enjoy my family, put up my Christmas tree, listen to festive music, maybe read a good book…slooooow doooowwwwn. But I have to admit my computer whispers my name constantly. Every pass through my office brings a tap of the keyboard to wake it up and check to see if I have an email.

Not this week!

Do you feel like you own your computer or does it own you? Are you being constantly whispered to just like I am? Maybe you could join me this week and give it a try. It’s only one week. 7 days. I really think we have forgotten the peace that we have allowed to slip away through our computer screens. Take a little bit of it back this week.

I wish you and your family a happy healthy Thanksgiving. Thank you for being here and thank you for being here when I get back.

Jen

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