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Yoga Girl Daily - October 25th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today for Feel-Good Friday, we are doing a social media cleanse.

If you don’t watch who is in your social media space, it can end up downright toxic. If you are following accounts that make you feel less than – unfollow, unfriend or mute! It’s as simple as that.

Your space should be filled with things that bring you energy, inspire you, lift you up and stir your soul.

Anything less than that just isn’t worth it.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, everyone! Happy Friday. It's Friday. We have made it through the week. It's Feel-Good Friday today; time for us to transition into the weekend today. I have a self-care practice that honestly, I cannot emphasize enough how important this practice is. If you've never done it before, this might just blow your mind, change your life, turn everything upside down because this is an area where we tend to accumulate things that actually may be doing us more harm than good. And that is our social media space. Today for our Feel-Good Friday self-care practice, we are going to do a social media cleanse. When I was planning this episode, I was feeling like, Oh, I don't know if people are going to take that seriously. I don't know if that's a, you know, it's a very important practice for me and it's something that I do all the time because I really feel the need for it.

[00:58] If you've never done a social media cleanse before, you might not know how important and how amazing it feels. So what it means to do a social media cleanse, it means that we go into our social media platforms where we spend the most time. I am definitely more of an Instagram person. I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook. So Instagram is sort of my area cause I'm sure you guys know, but maybe you are, you know, spending a ton of time on Facebook. Maybe you're on Twitter or maybe you're on Snapchat. There's so many different ways where we connect with the online world and a social media cleanse means that we unfollow or unfriend or mute or cleanse ourselves of the people, accounts, brands, platforms that aren't actually filling us up. That actually doesn't make us feel good. And this is the thing about social media I find especially on Instagram, we tend to, you know, we're scrolling, we can kind of get into this rabbit hole of, of social media and suddenly we start following different people and different things and movements and brands and companies.

[01:59] And if you don't watch who's in that social media space, if you spend a lot of time on your phone, you're going to automatically be exposed to different kinds of content. Some of it great and beautiful and uplifting, and some of it could actually be downright toxic. So we want to be really, really mindful of who we follow on social media because you're letting those people interfere with your space. Every time you see a post pop up from any given person that is going to trigger something in you that's either going to make you feel good or it's going to make you feel bad, you might have something that just doesn't trigger your, you know, make you feel anything at all as well. So what I want out of my social media space is I want to know that every single person that I follow online is something that's going to bring me energy, something that's gonna lift me up, something that I feel inspired by people I genuinely like, right?

[02:49] I've had moments in my life where I've suddenly started following all these weird people that every time their posts came up in my feed, I started feeling a little bit shittier about myself. If you have those people in your feed, why follow along? Right? Choose to follow people that inspire your heart, that stir your soul, that make you go, yeah, that's so inspiring. I want to do that too. Instead of accounts that make you go, Ugh, I suck. I should be there, but I'm not, or I should look like that, but I don't. We have enough of that in our lives already. Enough of those voices that tell us we aren't good enough and we don't need more of it. So be really, really picky. Think of your social media presence, especially if you spend a lot of time on your phones. Like many of us unfortunately do.

[03:32] I mean it's a big part of many of our lives these days. Be really picky of what kind of energy you allow into that online space. So today for our Feel-Good Friday practice, give yourself half an hour. I think it shouldn't take more than that. Maybe you need an hour. Go through who you follow on your most important or the social media platform you spend the most time going through the list of people that you follow. Maybe just scroll through your feed but do it really mindfully. So tapping into your breath, feeling into your body and notice inside of yourself how you intuitively feel with what comes up in your feed and for every single thing that comes up that either rubs you the wrong way, doesn't make you feel good, makes you feel lesser than go into that account and unfollow, unfollow. I swear to God and if a couple of days from now, a month from now you go where?

[04:21] Where did that account go? I really liked that. If you actually ended up missing someone, just go find them again. Chances are the people you unfollow are the accounts you won’t even notice you unfollow. You are not even going to know, but you're going to have a much clearer space so that the space and the time you actually spend on your phone and on social media can actually be something. At least a little more constructed and uplifting. So social media cleanse today, it is an important practice. You are going to feel much better after you're done and hopefully you can reach for your phone and when you do, feel a little bit better when you're done. So thank you so much for this practice. It's an important one. I hope you take it seriously and I hope it leaves you feeling really good as you enter the weekend. Thank you guys for listening. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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