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Ahhh, a month of no drama…  Can you imagine?  It has been wonderful!

If any of you followed me personally, or on my JJTL page on Facebook, you might have noticed that I have been absent for a while.  It’s been a little over a month actually.  There are a few reasons why a break was much needed, which I will share in a moment, but what I will also share is something that surprised me:  I have had little to no drama in my life.

Facebook has its very own culture.  I had never really thought of it that way, but it does.  A lot of it is made up of fakeness (is that even a word?).  This brings me to why I needed a break.  Here are some of the top reasons:

  1.  I was getting too emotional about the posts I was reading.  I’m sure some of you can relate.  You are scrolling through pictures of your friends adorable kids, hilarious memes, and delicious meal videos when something catches your eye… someone posts an editorial news story that presents itself as fact.  UGH.  If you have read many of my other posts, you know that I love to research things.  Mostly health and food related, but just about anything is fun for me to gather facts and information on so I can understand it more.  I used to think that journalism was similar.  Nowadays, almost any news/media I see is made up of people’s opinions passed off as fact.  So annoying.  And articles were getting shared left and right about topics that didn’t make any sense.  It made me upset because I expect people to be like me, and want to know the facts about something, and not let other people form my opinions for me.  To me it is just plain common sense.
  2. I was spending way too much time online.  I know a lot of you can relate to this one.  Constantly checking to see if I had any notifications, no matter what they were from.  Scrolling over and over every few minutes looking for something new to (waste my time) look at.  Checking over the ‘people you may know’ to see if anyone interesting pops up that I most definitely won’t be sending a friend request to, but might accept if they send me one.  Oh, and of course Facebook stalking.  You know you do it too. 😉
  3. It had become an addiction.  Ouch.  This one really made me take a step back.  Not only was I spending a lot of time on Facebook, it was one of the first things I checked when I woke up, one of the last things I looked at before going to bed, and it was taking precious time and attention away from my loved ones.  Not cool.

What has changed since taking my break, and what can I do differently to prevent those negative things from happening to me again?  I have found that I have a lower level of stress, and more joy since taking this break.  The first thing for me to do to make a change was realize I actually had a problem.  Sound familiar?  The second was to take a break, and not make a big deal about it in a Facebook post… ahem.  Yes, I’m talking to you.  Next is to decide some guidelines for myself such as setting time limits, or even certain times of the day to “check in”.  And lastly, to delete some “friends” that I don’t really need to have anyway, and they most likely don’t really need me on their list either.

So, there you have it folks; another blip on this journey of mine.  Thank you for reading!