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190 – What can you do without social media?

Hey mama. This is Mama’s Daily Dose, the short actionable podcast for mamas who want more. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of Happy Friday, Mama, by the time you listen to this, it’ll be about a month, since I gave up social media, I may be back on it now. My date is to be determined as to when I come back. And I’ve wanted to do this for a while I’ve done like a week or two here and there. But I was like, I really feel like I need one month just away from social media, because I really use social media as a distraction and a way to get away from it all. When I was going through postpartum anxiety, it was really my way to, you know, get out of reality and just sit on my phone and mindlessly scroll. And honestly, I just wanted to see what I would do with all this time that I was pretty much wasting on social media. And Mama’s Daily Dose is… can you get off of social media? Let’s get moving before we get interrupted.

I’ve been pretty active on social media since the MySpace days. So it’s been a long time because some people listening to this, probably never even had a MySpace. But that was pre Facebook, in case you didn’t know…shout out Tom, hope you’re doing well. And it is a great tool to stay in contact with people get new contacts, build a business, all of those things.

But the majority of people just use social media to consume and scroll and distract themselves from other things going on. And I know that because I was certainly one of those people. And I wanted to test myself really, I wanted to see what I would do with this time without being on social media for one month. And let me tell you, I’ve read about five books, like cover to cover five books. And I’ve also, like come into my own voice. And it’s not a regurgitation of what other people are saying on social media, or what I think I should be saying, but I am going for what I know, and believe that people want to hear and what is really going to help them. And if that voice, and some of the words I use… because I do swear; is not for some people, then that’s fine. I’m going to be true to myself, and I’m going to do what I know is going to help other people.

And I want to put out information that is going to help people. I don’t want to just constantly, constantly be consuming things and just be this watered down version of everyone else. And that’s, that’s how I felt I was starting to become on social media. So this break away from it, its not only made me more patient, and present in like what’s going on in the moment. But I’ve really come to know myself more and give more clarity on who it is that I am and the message that I want to deliver to moms.

And on top of that one of the greatest things I have to say, is running into people or seeing people and being like, “Hey, what’s up? What have you been up to?” And really having absolutely no idea what they’ve been up to. Like it snowed a couple of weeks ago here and I was like, “oh my God, did you play in the snow? I don’t know. I didn’t see all the photos of your kids. Tell me what went on.”

So if you’ve been thinking about taking a break from social media at all, I highly, highly encourage it. A friend of mine was like, “oh my gosh, Meghan, you’re gonna love it. You’re gonna love it!” And I was like, “Oh, I mean, maybe it’ll be cool. I’ll get stuff done. But I’m like, I do love it!” And it’s not a long term thing. I’m going to be back on social media, but not in the same presence that I was before. I’m going to be doing it my way. But I highly suggest to anybody, just get a little social media break. Come into the now get to know people face to face. You know, don’t ask somebody “hey, what have you been up to?” when you just saw their Instagram story from 15 minutes ago…and you know.

Mama your action today is to take a little rest from social media, whatever you think it is. Maybe a couple hours, maybe a day, a week, whatever you are comfortable with. But just give it a try. See what comes to you what you just even do with your time because it is really amazing how much time we waste each and every day on social media. And I know this could be a little counter productive here but if you don’t already follow me on Instagram, give me a follow @MeghanQBarrett and that is Meghan with an H. And I do see the irony in this me asking you to go on Instagram. So go over there, follow me and then go ahead and take a break. And have a fabulous weekend and a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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Meghan Q Barrett is Mom Success Coach who helps mamas figure their sh*t out so they can create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual without the mom guilt.

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