We live in a world where everything is buzzing, dinging and loading either in our pockets or purses. We have given the world one-touch access to us and we have instant access to it. But even though technology itself has changed how we do life, social media specifically has changed the way we connect with others.

However, at this time, while we are all being responsible and staying home, social media and online resources are great ways for us to stay connected with our friends and family. Whether it’s through Zoom, Duo or FaceTime, we can still see smiles, share stories and laugh a bit. But let’s not get so lost in the world of social media or video conferencing that we take special moments away from the people that are sharing this quarantined life with us. It also may be challenging to find an ounce of “me” time during the day and sometimes night. We don’t want to lose whatever time we can squeeze in to invest in our dreams, our goals and ourselves.

Disconnecting from online activities to connect or reconnect with who we love and to what sparks chemistry, ignites passion and burns our souls is so important. It’s so easy to get lost in scrolling and get distracted by timelines, that we subconsciously ignore what makes our lives full. Limiting our time on social media each day opens the door for clarity, creativity, and mindfulness. It can also decrease anxiety, increase spiritual awareness and help us nurture deeper relationships with the people right there in our homes.

Although it’s hard to remember a time without social media and the Internet, that time did exist. COVID-19 has reminded us that in many ways, returning back to “the way things were” is not so bad at all. Disconnecting from social media for a while allows us to feel and see everything around us just like we used to.  It allows us time for real face time with our children. Being blessed with the opportunity to have them home, watch them grow and connect with them on an even deeper level is everything. Plan a fun game night with them where everyone has to act out a word or phrase. Even though I know you’ll be tempted to take out your phone and share the moment, don’t.

  • Be truly present with who is in your presence and only share that experience with them. Replacing the time you spend on social media with “me” time could also be what you need to feel refreshed and re-energized.
  • Focus on your goals and dreams, even if motherhood has forced you to adjust them. Write that book or launch your clothing line.
  • Open your Etsy store and show off your creativity.
  • Do something new that you enjoy or something you know you need to do.
  • Read a new book or get up and exercise at home.
  • Sit down and color with the kids or stand up and dance with them.
  • Create a new family holiday that is unique to your values and beliefs.
  • Go on a creative date in the backyard with the one you love.
  • Share a kiss, hold hands, compliment each other and dream together. No phones, tablets, posting or sharing.

Logging off to capture the moments of meaningful family experiences, with those we share our lives with, is more than worth it. Remember to intentionally laugh out loud, like, love, comment, share and express yourself with the people who are present and make your heart smile. There’s nothing better than being in the presence of people you value and who value you. We can’t hug our friends through the phone but we can hug our children every day. No smile emoji text from your spouse can ever take the place of being there to see them smile. LOL will never replace the sound of your children really laughing out loud which is often contagious.

Posting great news and receiving “Congratulations” in the comments is not better than sharing and celebrating great news during dinner with your family. So even though it’s okay for us to enjoy social media, let’s not allow it to replace in-the-moment interactions with our families or take us away from diving deep into our dreams. Be in the moment and take it all in.

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K. LaFleur-Anders is a wife, mom, foodie and fitness enthusiast who moved from Baton Rouge, LA to Round Rock, TX with her family in 2007. She has been married to her best friend, TJ, for 15 years and they have 5 children (Malik, Jadan, Elijah, Isaiah and Hannah) together. After 10 years of juggling football practices, volunteering, operating family businesses, pursuing professional careers and working in corporate America, she decided to return to her first love. She believes that her gift of writing is to be used to extend love, offer encouragement and provide motivation to women who just need to breathe and hit their wellness reset button. K. is honored to be a part of Austin Moms Blog and looks forward to sharing inspiration with moms everywhere. Follow her blog, Reset with K., for opportunities to join like-minded women as they invest in self-care and in each other.

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