I am not an early-morning person, especially in winter, especially in Melbourne winter. When the sun doesn’t rise until past 7:30am, and our flimsy wall heater just isn’t cutting it, I’m overcome by waves of nausea, crazy-high amounts of stress, and a desire to stay buried under the covers.
Once I’m out of bed, I’m fine — the anxiety goes away with that first cup of coffee, and I can think about the day ahead without getting overwhelmed. I envy those who wake up smiling every day.
When my early-morning stress is overwhelming, the easiest distraction is inches away from my bed. I pull out my phone, avoid anything that could possibly bring on more stress (email, Twitter, Google Analytics) and crawl back to that first love of social media addicts: Facebook. Man, I love aimlessly scrolling through photos of my friends’ kids, pets and holidays. Instant de-stressor. Unfortunately, it’s also the quickest way to stall my morning.
So I’ve removed it from my phone. Thankfully, Fb Messenger (the default way of communicating in my social group, though I wish we’d go back to email!) works even when Facebook is un-installed. There’s a great big Internet full of distractions out there, but somehow removing that one app makes it much harder to start my day with completely useless distraction.
Uninstalling Facebook was the best thing I could have done for my weird morning stress. Highly recommended.