These are the sensation of emotions I feel as I scroll through my Facebook page throughout the day. Between the police shootings, an unhinged man in the White House, a racist GOP agenda, random racist attacks uploaded and shared by thousands, hoteps posting a million videos on why black women are the root of most evils, and too many damn stories on the abuse of innocent children. Facebook has become a hard place to visit and yet each day I find myself hitting that icon and opening its pages and feeling this way every day. It is emotionally and mentally exhausting but I like most of you, I am addicted to the scroll.
Yes, my feed does have the the gossip stories, the recaps of Real Housewives of Atlanta, the funny videos and my personal friend’s life updates but overall no matter how fast I scroll down the page to miss the negative isht the world captures me in a headline or picture. A constant bombardment of negative energy and it is inescapable because it is what life is right now.
Self-care is a real thing not just a way for businesses to get you to buy the relaxation bath bomb product or getting you into that yoga class or joining a travel club. The world we deal with today requires…no DEMANDS…we take time-outs, mental health breaks, therapy, yoga, those bath bombs…to get a few hours of mind re-adjustment.
I have noticed the negativity of too many hours in the day on Facebook has real life consequences in my real life. Simple interactions can become aggressive because of a Facebook story. Constantly on edge is not how I want to feel for hours throughout my day and yet here I am.
Reclaiming my time and keeping joy in my life is up to me and me only. Facebook has become an addiction and like all addictions I’m not getting joy out of it just a temporary sensational fix of negative news so I am making real efforts to step away from my timeline I now only engage in the groups that inspire me or teach me and I schedule those times. Focusing more on my health and wealth and not being sucked into an abyss of a negative whirlpool of emotions.
1. I schedule my Facebook and Twitter for two hours a day- 11am and 7pm
2. When I violate those times, I do twenty squats and add on ten for each time. I admit I did forty squats yesterday
3. I am copying the moves of Jen and trying to re-focus energies through breathing exercising and yoga
4. Practicing Laws of Attractions
5. Re-defining my talents and using them to become more involved with my community. My goal is not to completely ignore the angst of the world but to participate in making those angst disappear.
What are you doing to conquer the negativity in your world?