Fasting From Social Media is Hard and Other Topics

Before I had Instagram, one of my daughter told me that blogging doesn’t really count as social media. I suppose she is right.

Currently I’m on a month long fast from Instagram. And it hasn’t been easy. I deleted Instagram from my phone to avoid the temptation to check to see what everyone one is doing or to see how many follow requests I have. That’s why its been hard and I think I’m starting to see it as an addiction.

Like right now I’m wanting to put Instagram back on my phone to read the reactions to Roe v Wade being overturned. I was quite shocked to be honest because the Supreme Court justices can be rather dumb sometimes. I’m grateful that babies will be saved. That being said I watched a YouTube video just now warning Christians to be careful how we celebrate Roe v Wade being overturned. We need to make sure we aren’t pointing and laughing at those who oppose pro- lifers. Here’s the link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_93GEnll-fY

Regarding my health there is the concern that I have Parkinson’s Disease. I have developed these tremors in my hands especially in my right hand. I’m needing to see a new neurologist because my insurance has kicked my current one out of their network effective July 1st. I’m taking medication which is helping but the tremors are still bugging me. I will need a MRI to rule out PD but currently the initial diagnosis is essential tremor which apparently isn’t serious but I still don’t like it. I mean there are essential workers but but what’s so essential about tremors?

On a sad note I don’t know if any of you have ever read An Encouraging Word magazine or any of the other publications from Wisdom’s Gate Ministries but I saw on the website that Skeet Savage who started Wisdom Gate has passed away. I don’t know when she passed but I’m heartbroken over this. I’m not sure what the future holds for An Encouraging Word magazine or the ministry in general so please keep her family in prayer.

23 thoughts on “Fasting From Social Media is Hard and Other Topics

  1. Dear Regina, yes, social media is not only a time waster, but an addiction – I am trying to limit my time on IG, but it’s so easy just to flick into it to fill a few seconds of not doing anything, or waiting for something, and next thing you are sucked in for much longer than you anticipated !
    My SIL was diagnosed with essential tremor, but after he realised he was gluten intolerant and cut it out of his diet, the tremors abated… he finds now that if he sneaks in some gluten, not only are there the gastric effects, but the tremors return. Just a thought.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. I hope you can soon get a diagnosis on PD. Many new treatments are emerging but getting in on them early makes a difference, as it does with all medical things. I don’t have time to do instagram. It’s too exhausting and not at all rewarding for me.

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  3. I think it’s possible to celebrate this Supreme Court decision without laughing at others, but in all honesty some of the reactions people have had all you can do is laugh at them or be incredibly sad. It’s truly demonic, the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the screaming at the idea of not being allowed to murder and mutilate the unborn. Demons revolt when their bloodlust isn’t filled.

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  4. Also, quitting social media gets easier with time once you break that “need” feeling to see what’s going on. You honestly realize you’re not missing much.

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  5. I have an IG account but rarely remember to check it. I don’t know why. FaceBook is my nemisis. I have it to keep in touch with family members and friends who are living far away. Especially our Spokane church family, but I get sucked into it whenever I get on it. I try to not read things that are political because I’ll never change anyone’s mind and my BP just goes up. I don’t understand the uproar over this decision. It only takes the power from the Federal Government and puts it back into the States hands where it belongs. I truly pray it is eradicated completely.
    I hope you get your medical diagnoses soon and also get a new neurologist. I left mine behind in Spokane and disliked intensely the one I saw here. I’m trying to just do without one.
    Take care,
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. Oh, Regina, I pray you get some helpful answers and needed treatment soon. I was so happy to hear about the overturn of Roe vs Wade but still wonder what’s next with all of this.
    I took a break from Instagram (the last social media platform I was still using) a month or so ago. I’m not sure I’ll be back because I have noticed the time away helps me to focus more on personal goals I have for myself. I know what you mean by it’s hard when you want to pop in and check on some of the status updates when a current topic of interest is being discussed. I often remind myself that I wasn’t checking in that often (because I kept forgetting) so that’s why I decided to go on a hiatus in the first place. Like Katherine said, “it does get easier over time and you realize you’re not missing much”.

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  7. I agree that social media is addictive and trying to limit it is hard. We went on vacation last month, which meant only checking on email, Instagram and other things once each day – in the morning. This was so refreshing that I decided to continue. It’s hard, but it feel healthier.

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  8. This post is just what I needed. It was from God as I don’t always read your blog. I was thinking of getting on Instagram to see all of the photos of a few favorite blogs. One can only see so many before getting blocked. Anyway, I would probably spend just as much time there as I used to on Pinterest.
    I do hope your health issues get resolved soon.

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  9. Sorry about your health. I have essential tremor. Some days the tremors are worse than others, I’ll have to check to see if I’m stressed at that time or tired… try to find a trigger for it. If there is one. Instagram is such a time-waster for me. But I believe it is addicting because usually when I get on it, I have a hard time stopping! Good for you for taking a break.

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  10. Sorry to hear about your health problems. Praying you find an accurate diagnosis and that God gives healing.

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  11. Thank you Maxine! I will have to investigate cutter out gluten. Oh how sad that would be if that was the problem because I love my gluten rich food.

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  12. Thank you Kendra. I’m looking forward to your next “vocabulary” lesson on your site. I’ve been reading many classic books with words I can’t figure out what they mean.

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  13. Hi Regina! My Mom has essential tremors! She has had to stop writing by hand but types up a storm! So there can be ways around this annoying problem! I hope you find some medicine that helps!! :)♥

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