If you are a social media addict it could be affecting your chances of getting pregnant, having a restful nights sleep, and having happy hormones. Now a days it seems like we are tied to our phones, iPads, iPods etc and our world has grown exponentially as a result. We no longer need to “watch” the news when we can get updates on Facebook within seconds!
There is Instagram, Facebook, Periscope, Snap Chat and the list goes on, so many different, yet similar social media channels vying for your attention. And if your in business you need to be on most of these platforms at some point during the day to stay in touch with your customers/clients/audience.
Its hard to stop checking your phone! I know I’ve been there. Your bored, waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice, waiting for your partner to finish work, waiting for a bus, waiting, waiting, waiting – do you see people chatting with each other anymore? what about writing? reading a book? meditating? NO! they are usually on their phones, head down, finger scrolling the screen.
We have lost touch with ourselves, our surroundings and our lives.
If you are thinking of starting a family soon, or have trouble with fertility you might want to try cutting back on the social media train. Get back to connecting with your family, partner, neighbours – make your life smaller and less stressful. By spending a lot of time on social media checking friends status updates etc we tend to take on their feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration, this can lead to feelings of stress within ourselves which are not even our own!
Stress is a BIG concern in all our lives, in particular for those who are trying to conceive. Limit your stress as much as possible, make your world smaller, focus on non stressful tasks and being in touch with your own body and what it needs. Try to limit your screen time each day, switch off social media during large parts of the day so you are not tempted by the dings and rings your phone makes when your friend leaves an update. Get back to listening to your own body and nourish it with time spend with friends in person, family gatherings, walks in the park, outdoor activities that nourish your soul and feed your creativity.
Last of all, don’t keep electronic devices in the bedroom, keep them in the kitchen or somewhere you can’t see or hear them at night, switch them off or on silent. Have a “lights out” time at night, preferably 1 hour before going to bed turn off all social media, tv, games, iPads etc. Let your body get back into its circadian rhythm so you can have a peaceful and restful sleep – your going to need it when baby comes!