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Timely, because I was thinking about social media breaks today! In a good year, I delete Instagram and stay off Facebook for the first two weeks of January and all of July. I find that extended time away opens up pockets of time that get lost to random scrolling, and after a couple weeks I can hear my own thoughts again.
The July tradition started because it's the midpoint of the year and my birth month, and that feels like a good time to unplug and reflect. But I'm strongly considering bumping that unplugged month to June this year. I think I need that brain space sooner than later. Hope you enjoy the month off!
I recently stepped away from social media a few months ago, and I found it so relieving. My creativity came back and my stress decreased. I’m so grateful I made the switch. I love working on Substack so much more than trying to create content to please the algorithms.
When I read your words I frequently come away thinking that you have been reading my thoughts or journals! It is amazing how much energy is spent when actively working on deep healing. I remember when my kids were babies and they either walked well first or spoke well first, not both. I wonder what would happen if I applied that principle and gave myself grace to not expect so much while my mind, heart and body are trying to connect and heal? Adjust expectations. I have been thinking of not taking on any big projects this summer. Let summer be the glorious thing it is. I'll let you know how I do. Thank you for publishing the thoughts from your heart. I so appreciate it dear friend.
Some wise and helpful words here. I hear you on thinking long and hard about asking people to pay for the subscription. I hope you get a lot done when you take your break and enjoy the summer weather!