It has been, again, another intense week in our home and indeed across the world. The news is filled with such serious issues right now and it is very easy to feel overwhelmed.
It is important to be informed, listen, learn and grow.
It is also important to stay connected with yourself, your family and the moment that you are in. Try to be mindful about how much you are 'letting in' and how it is affecting you.
I myself, have found myself drawn into social media more recently. Some of this is healthy and helpful; for example reading up on what I- as a privaleged white person- can do to educate myself and my family. But some of what I have allowed myself to do isn't healthy or helpful for anyone; reading the comments on posts that I know will enrage me, getting annoyed about other people's opinions (even when I don't know that person!). This isn't healthy. Reading all the comments simply to get annoyed by them doesn't help anyone and it negatively impacts on my ability to be present. I wonder if you can relate to this, and if you can, perhaps you might want to decide on some boundaries around social media.
I have created some for myself and mine are;
* Only go on social media at times decided by myself in advance.
* Read posts that are important to read but avoid the comments!
* Notice my feelings after being on social media, allow myself time to process these.
* Unfollow any pages/ people that make me feel more negative than positive.
* Make an effort to follow pages that are positive/ interesting.
I think that social media is definitely a powerful tool, but it can also be the source of a low mood or irritated feeling- and it can suck up time!
This week, I will be trying to reduce the amount of time that I am on it... wish me luck, I am a complete facebook addict!
In my blog, I reflect honestly about my experiences of trying to enhance the well-being of my own children.