It's now been about 10 days into my social media leave. Here are two things I've noticed so far:
- The number of thoughts of comparison I have with others has dropped a lot (obviously)
- I am noticing what behaviours replace social media (ie: obsessively checking NYTimes)
I think my biggest slip-up thus far was waking up and spending 30 minutes online shopping. #fail.
I feel like removing myself from social media has largely reduced the mindless, inadvertent comparison I make with every swipe up the screen. The thoughts that usually occur are subtle and insidious. I think I've been feeling a lot more ease in going about my day to day without the need to compare myself to every other person and filmmaker in the world.
I've also been re-discovering the nuances between urgently doing things now and playing the long-game. Within myself and peers, I observe a pressure we sometimes put on ourselves or by comparison with others. I see it in myself and wanting to achieve lots in my personal and professional life in such a short time.
Since leaving social media though, I feel like I've been having a greater sense of contentment with my everyday. I've been feeling less like I need to be anywhere. I have a greater appreciation for the small-wins around me.