It's only been eight days, but I have noticed a considerable shift in my life since my social media hiatus.
And it has been great.
I find myself far more engaged in whatever it is I'm doing, I'm not checking my phone nearly as often, nor do I run to my phone if I leave it in another room. I don't know how much time I've recovered, but I'd say I've gained at least an hour of time each day if you tally up all of the quick checks I did throughout the day (Instagram). I still find myself attempting to check Instagram whenever I park my car, but now I end up laughing at myself when this happens. Some habits die hard.
I'm practicing more, I'm maintaining a better schedule in general, I'm reading more, I'm getting more done in a day, and I generally feel happier and like I have more energy.
I never felt like I wasn't living my best life because of the "highlight reels" on Instagram. I didn't fall into that trap. My biggest issue (and also one of the few things I miss) was watching all of these killer musicians. I was like, "..I want to be able to play that," and then I realized that if I put the phone down and practice, then I can play that. The time I've spent watching now goes into practicing and it's a beautiful thing. I still watch (and listen), but now it's an active search rather than a passive attention-grabber.
As for the energy thing, I think it's a focus thing. My energy (attention) is far less scattered right now, making it way easier to focus on the things that matter to me.
And I like it. I like feeling stream-lined. It feels good. It feels natural.
And I want more of my life to feel like this.