This lent I decided (11 days late) that I would remove all mind wasting things that were taking up my time on a daily basis. For me, my cell phone is the leading culprit for distracting and useless apps.
My normal day involves waking up and immediately checking Instagram and Facebook while laying in bed for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes it was longer, depending upon how much I had to “catch up” on.
I then wake up and either head downstairs for breakfast or head to Crossfit. If it’s breakfast, I’m usually looking at my phone while I’m eating.
Then I’m usually working or have a day off. Either way I use my phone so much that my battery is dead by 5pm. I mean dead-dead. Usually my phone will turn off and I’ll have to re-charge it prior to going to bed.
While we’re sitting watching TV or our shows, I’m usually looking at my phone and checking something.
Then before bed I’m checking it again for at least 30-45 minutes. I always wonder why I get to bed so late…and it’s because of my phone.
So when lent started, we were on our cruise and I was a week behind on the whole celebrating lent thing. I couldn’t really think of anything I wanted to actually give up, because there wasn’t anything that really stuck out to me, until yesterday.
Yesterday Mike and I both had the day off. I went to Crossfit and he slept in. Crossfit was brutal (more later) and I came home feeling exhausted. We decided that we were going to go to the grocery store and then come home and make some homemade vegetable soup. We did all of that and then I went to clean my car because it was all dirty from my sister using it to take the dogs to the dog park the week before. I put my phone down in the kitchen but for whatever reason, felt like I needed to check it every 5 minutes.
There was nothing new. There were no new important statuses. There were no new interesting pictures. Nothing. I just felt like I needed it to be next to me and in my hand at all times.
So that was it. I said to Mike, “I think I’m going to give up my phone for lent.” And obviously he said that wouldn’t work entirely, but everything non-essential could be given up. So we decided that the following were non-essential and distracting:
We decided that the essentials were obviously the phone itself and text messages. We further decided that My Fittness Pal was not distracting, as I log my food everyday to hit my macros and usually that takes less than a minute. Also, Wodify which is the app we use in Crossfit was OK, because that’s how I manage my workouts and sign up for Crossfit. We included Glide, which is a great video messaging app that we just started using because it’s fun and I really don’t use that mindlessly. Usually I have something to say when I’m using Glide, and the video is just easier.
So yesterday, I started cold turkey. I haven’t checked one thing on Instagram or Facebook (my two biggest culprits). I went to bed on time and woke up this morning without hanging out in bed for 30 minutes.
The true meaning behind lent and “giving” things up is to develop more peace and a closer relationship with God. These apps are just mindless ways for us to spend our time. I can fully say without doubt that I am addicted to Instagram. Rather than focusing on random people on Instagram who I have never met, I hope to focus more on myself, God, and my religion. Not “being on my phone” gives me more time to actually get things done. More time to focus on cleaning, or organizing, reading, or self-improvement.
I know that I was 11 days late with starting lent, and I fully intend to extend my 40 days out after Easter. After this is all said and done, with the way I’m feeling now, I might not go back to Instagram or Facebook for a while. I don’t know that I could ever give up Pinterest.
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How do you celebrate Lent? Do you give up anything specific or include special activities during the season?
Are you addicted to social media or mindless apps?