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How to Practice Mindful Social Media Consumption—A 30-Day Challenge!

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Itching for a worthwhile New Year's challenge? I’m proposing that we take an intentional step back from social media this season.


I learned a lot about the addictive nature of screens while hunched over my beloved laptop. There are articles, screen time monitoring apps and opinions from tech leaders all warning us about the dangers of screen time overuse. Our children, our attention, our sub-conscience, our ability to read, our body image, our necks; they are all under attack, and because of my incredible WiFi, I’ve been able to research it thoroughly!

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So yes, it’s ironic, but we don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Screens are helpful and part of our world now. I’d be late and most likely in the wrong suburb without my calendar alerts and Google maps. But let’s discuss ways we can mindfully consume media and be on our screens less this month. Here are some things I plan to do. Will you join me?

Books. I will carry a book with me wherever I go. If I change rooms, I will bring my book, like I do my phone. If I don’t have a good book, I will get a few magazines (the library has great ones).

How to Practice Mindful Social Media Consumption

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When I do any work on the computer, I will turn off my WiFi. It helps my productivity if I don’t check every new house on Zillow. I could also do without the library overdue notices giving me the email evil eye. I may even turn my phone on airplane mode when I don’t need to respond.

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I will bring a pen and paper. Write things down. Notice things. You don’t have to consider yourself a writer to partake in the art of observation. Better yet, use a notecard as your bookmark in the novel you carry around, and you’ll always have something to read, and write on. Be the crazy index card lady!

Read to each other, adult to adult. I do love a good podcast, but I’ve heard of couples reading to each other, and it sounds lovely, foreign, initially awkward but potentially long-lasting. You may begin to prefer your partner’s voice to your favorite podcast.

I will switch to a paper calendar for the month. You don’t need to commit to an 18-month future, but just make a calendar for the month and practice writing down lists, to do’s, meal plans, etc. There are many great apps that streamline this process, but for this month, switch to paper.

Read to each other, adult to adult. I do love a good podcast, but I’ve heard of couples reading to each other, and it sounds lovely, foreign, initially awkward but potentially long-lasting. You may begin to prefer your partner’s voice to your favorite podcast.

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Be physically active and push yourself without the calorie counter. I’ve benefitted from having a watch that tracks my activity level, but I could use a break, and “going rogue” by not tracking my workouts will be hard, but possibly wonderful for me.

So in the end, take a look at the conveniences your phone provides and do them the long way. If that means you have to bring a calendar or calculator, or buy a newspaper, try it for a month. But easy does it my friends… you may need to make a special allotment of screen time to catch up on your LightWorkers articles. We’ll allow it.