7 Day Social Media Cleanse: How A Week Without Social Media Rebooted My Mindset

It all started with a seemingly simple decision in early December: to move inland, tucked between the mountains of Los Angeles.

While I’ve moved many times, little did I understand the challenges of finding the exact perfect spot in the highly competitive LA real estate market. Every ounce of my “spare” time was consumed with the search.

Social media (beyond pre-scheduled posts) kept slipping down my priority list to the last thing I did before shutting off the light.

And then once we found our new nest, packing and move planning took over my life. Social media got pushed to the absolute bottom and my unintended “cleanse” began.

At the beginning, I felt vaguely anxious as I wondered what effect this absence—even though over the holidays—might have on my business.

As the week wore on, I was too busy assembling boxes, making room plans and Goodwill runs to think much about it, other than monitoring my email to make sure I wasn’t missing anything obvious.

When I was too physically exhausted to simply drift off to sleep, I surfed Facebook to see what my far-flung family and friends were up to. Selfishly, I wanted to see some tree pictures and snow and sweet kids on Christmas morning instead of our mound of boxes. I commented on a number of images, but other than a “Merry Christmas” and a “we’re in” post, I was quiet as a church mouse.

And then a funny thing happened after a full seven days of this.

I felt an overwhelming sense of peace, of security, of gratitude.

Even though all our worldly possessions were still crammed in boxes and I got lost driving in our new parking garage (think rat in a maze).

I felt profoundly grateful for the gift of being able to stay connected to the people I love, even as the rest of my life was in feverish motion.

In thinking more about it, I realized that that silence allowed me to really listen to the conversations I most wanted to hear. It gave me the space to be “in the moment” of a transition, while still witnessing life unfolding in beautiful, funny and even tragic ways around me.

Gratitude. For a 7-day, unintentional social media cleanse.

Because in addition to that peace and gratitude, I also welcomed a new client, my social media audience grew and engagement was up.


So what to do with this new wisdom…

On this end, I’m going to change-up my strategy to focus more on the small engagements in social media with my tribe. It’s simply lovely to feel connected with kindred spirits while doing the work that makes your heart sing.

Luckily, you don’t have to uproot your life to do a 7-day intentional social media cleanse.

The question is this: will a short cleanse help you to reboot how you use social media in your business and your life?

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  • Good luck on your move. I am responding via my iPad, a gift from my son who felt I kept delaying the purchase, and now I find it freeing me. In the week before the new year I always look to reboot some but I gave one morning to help a labor client re-think his website as a tool to reach his members more.
    It also becomes a time to plant seeds for actions to come later and benefit my clients and perhaps my clients.
    The beauty with a move or remodel lies in how it empowers reconfiguring both temporal and physical in ways that benefit you. Glad you experienced it!

    • Rochelle

      Thanks Corey–almost 100% settled in! I agree–something about packing up all your “stuff” makes you rethink whether you need it all. What’s really most important?

  • Congratulations on your move. I am happy for you.
    My unintentional cleanse of the moment is that my husband and I landed at a good friend’s home four days ago and I promptly came down with the flu. Four days in bed, Tamiflu, plenty of liquids, reading and some videos, and I am getting better just in time to fly home. (Of course I will wear a mask.). I saw none of the cultural things my husband and friends saw, met with none of the new babies in the family we came to meet (next time), but emerge with gratitude for friends who love me enough to let me convalescence in their home, and friends and family who do not blame me for my absence. It is another kind of unsought unplugging. Rochelle, thank you for your pithy wisdom.

  • Rochelle

    Wow K.C.–what an experience! Thank goodness for such good friends and a safe place to recuperate. I hope you’re feeling better soon–travel safe…

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