Why I am Spending Less Time Online this Holiday Season (and Spending More Time Playing With My Art Supplies)

Christine Ray – Life, online and offline

Brave & Reckless

I have made a conscious decision to spend less time online the last two months.  I was becoming more and more concerned that my online life was starting to feel more real than my brick and mortar life.  My mood was starting to fluctuate in reaction to how many positive responses I was getting to my posts and visiting my blog, Facebook, and Instagram was starting to feel like a chore, not a pleasure.  I had these accounts to network and connect, but was increasingly feeling lonely and isolated.   It is very easy to confuse being constantly informed on social media to being truly connected.

I was also more conscious that as someone living with a chronic invisible illness, I was spending a lot more of my limited energy and cognitively sharp hours of the day managing my online life, not engaged in tasks that actually make me happy.  Like…

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