Welcome To #Blogtober

Good afternoon, happy new week!  And happy new month to you all as we are officially in October.  This month I am looking forward to Autumn kicking in, Leo’s tenth birthday (how did that happen?!?), half term school holidays and Halloween!

Last Month’s Challenge

Last month I attempted Scroll Free September which meant, apart from for work (blog) purposes, I would not be on social media.  You can read my introduction post about it here.

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I was really excited about the challenge and thought it would help me explore my relationship with social media.  I do feel I often spend too much time on there, especially with blogging being central to the online world.  It is something Ste has also mentioned.  I know he is proud of my blogging work, but does often feel like it takes over too much of my time.

The first couple of weeks were a real eye opener.  I stuck tot he rules really well and only went on at set times to post things for my blog.  Unfortunately, halfway through the month I became unwell with a nasty sickness bug and then a cold.  This led to lots more rest time and I noticed I began scrolling again more frequently.  I was upset that I had failed the challenge but also, too poorly to care at the time.  I do think the challenge was having a positive effect on my well being when I was following it.  Being poorly did make me feel down though, and sliding back into using social media again and realizing I had failed, did not help with this.

On reflection, I still think Scroll Free September taught me a lot.  Although I took the option of trying ‘cold turkey’ which meant that I wasn’t doing anything online except for work purposes, the creators planned different options.  Things like not using social media in bed is something I will be continuing with.  Me and Ste have started watching films and TV series again and getting a little quality time in the evening without interruptions, which I love.  I also want to extend this to the mornings, as I often get up and check my social media first thing.  I am going to try getting up and waiting o check my social media till I get my cuppa and breakfast.

Treating blogging a little more like a job is also worthwhile.  Rather than frequently popping on to check on my different accounts, I spend a little time prepping what I want to be posting about at the beginning of the week/day and then will just go on to check it at a couple of times throughout the day for messages etc.

Although I technically failed the challenge, and I don’t mind admitting it, I hope that Ste especially will see the steps forward that I have taken this month and continue to support me with this.  I am now back to studying for my degree too so need to ensure my time is well handled so I do not fall behind.

This Month’s Challenge

So a new month is beginning and I have set myself a new challenge – maybe this should become a regular monthly thing?!  Let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas I could do in the coming months!

This month I have decided to take part in #Blogtober which means I will be posting a blog post every single day of the month.  I feel tired just saying it!  Make sure that you are subscribed if you aren’t already and you won’t miss a post, as they will all conveniently drop into your inbox!  To do this just check out the bottom of the home page and type in your email address. I have lots of content planned and I hope you all enjoy it.

Thankyou all once again for your support – every like, share and comment is hugely appreciated.  I try and reply to everyone’s comments and you can also message me privately if preferred.

Happy #Blogtober, wish me luck!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Scroll Free September

Good morning and happy new week!  Just a quick apology to the email subscribers who had a half finished blog post drop into their inboxes this morning – bit of a technical glitch!

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Scroll Free September

Today I thought I would share something I am taking part in this month.  The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have launched a new initiative for this month called Scroll Free September.  They aim to get people off social media during September, in an effort to improve mental health and well being.

RSPH #statusofmind Report

Last year the RSPH published this report which found that social media can have both a positive and negative effect on our mental health.  It has revolutionised the way we can connect with people all over the world and share information.  However, it discovered the net effect of being on the majority of social media platforms is currently negative – affecting sleep, body image issues, increasing feelings of anxiety  and depression  and FOMO (fear of missing out) being some major side effects.

Participating in Scroll Free September should help you build a more balanced relationship with social media.  During the month you are encouraged to think about and reflect on what you missed and what you didn’t, as well as what you got to do instead of being on social media.  See if your sleep and personal relationships change, and what effect it has on your body image and anxieties for example.

The Challenge

The first Scroll Free September will run for the whole month and encourages people to stop or cut down use of all personal (not work) social media accounts on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Going cold turkey can be difficult so the RSPH has come up with a variety of options

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I am going cold turkey – this is a challenge after all!  I will still be posting in relation to my blog, but will not be looking through or interacting on any personal posts so please don’t think I am being rude and ignoring people!

As a Spoonie and an ostomate, I find a lot of support from the online community so am worried I will be missing out on that.  However, I do feel I spend too much time mindlessly scrolling on social media and think I can find better things to do with my time so am looking forward to that aspect.  I am also happy to be excluding social media from the bedroom, this definitely helps my routine at bedtime and I get a much better sleep!

Join Me And Sign Up

Show your support and commitment to the challenge by signing up – no getting out of it then!

SIGN UP HERE

I would love to hear who is joining me so please do comment with how you are joining in in the comments below.  I will be posting updates throughout the month on the blog.  Remember you can sign up to receive an email every time a new blog post goes live by looking at the right hand sidebar on the home screen!  Happy no scrolling,

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy