Let’s talk about weight loss. Just kidding. But since I got your attention…
It’s been more than a year and a half since I gathered enough courage to open a Facebook group especially for musicians, something that’s been on my radar for several months prior. As time went on, I’ve really started to love hanging out there and interacting with people. But even with something as useful as Wellbeing for Musicians (it’s not like I’m marketing cigarettes there), it can become a bit obsessive.
The One and Only Goal
Welcome to the world of social media. While you can find some really useful content there, at the end of the day, the algorithm has only one goal – to keep you there as long as possible. And even if the time wasted isn’t reason enough to manage it for you, consider this.
The other day I was talking to my massage therapist about long distance runners. He mentioned people completing runs in different environments and on different surfaces. For obvious reasons these runners would always try to limit the amount of things, they were carrying so the goal was to count the exact number of calories they needed to have with them. Nothing more, nothing less.
The Unexpected Twist
Unfortunately, one of these athletes seriously underestimated the number of calories their brain would need to scan the more varied surface of a rainforest. Yes, you’re reading correctly, their brain burned much more calories because it had to process more information than the person anticipated and it got them into serious trouble.
More isn’t always better
In the system of yoga, this relates to the concept of Pratyahara or “withdrawal of the senses”. In simple terms, this means managing the amount of input into your brain. In this day and age, it seems we’re constantly bombarded with information. And as we learned from the example of our poor distance runner, this is no joke.
Would you like to join me?
So I’ve decided to do a social media detox for two weeks between 20th December and 2nd January. Would you like to join me? And if you’re not on social media, how about committing to give yourself a break from email or youtube?
I’ve organized a Social Media Break Check-in on 5th January at 6 pm GMT where we can share notes and experience. Click the link to book and I’ll know you’re in. If you can’t make it to the Check-in, just reply to me announcing your committment so that we can keep each other accountable.