With two best-selling books and 156,000 followers hanging on to her every word, it’s safe to say Jessica Sepel knows a thing or two about social media.
But the Australian nutritionist, known for her gorgeous pictures of healthy meals, has revealed that she now deletes her Instagram account twice a day, every day.
Jessica realised that the pressures of always being connected to the social media world was causing her ‘unnecessary stress’ and wasting her time.
Australian nutritionist Jessica Sepel has revealed that she deletes her Instagram and Facebook apps twice a day to make sure she spends some time away from the social media world
Jessica realised that the pressures of always being connected was both stressing her out and wasting her time
‘It stops me from being present in the moment and distracts many of us from the things that really matter,’ she wrote on Body + Soul.
‘I find myself scrolling through social media feeds in the time I have to rest – it’s a mindless scroll that has become addictive.’
Jessica knew she couldn’t click off from social media entirely – it is a major part of her business after all – but decided it was time to set some clear boundaries for herself.
She calls it the ‘JS Health Stress-Free Zone’, a 20-30 minute period in which Jessica completely switches off from social media and focuses on ‘being present’.
And Jessica recently decided to make her boundary even stricter by deleting both her Instagram and Facebook apps twice a day.
She will check both apps in the morning before deleting them, and then re-download and check them again in the late afternoon.
In addition to only checking her apps twice a day, Jessica takes 20-30 minutes out of each day to enter the ‘JS Health Stress-Free Zone’ and completely focus on being ‘present’
Jessica then switches off from all social media at 6pm, deleting the apps once again.
‘Essentially, I’m only checking social media twice a day and in chunks. And it’s honestly been life-changing,’ she said.
‘I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more present, I have more clarity of thought during my work hours and I don’t have the anxious urgency to respond or engage with social media.’
Jessica said deleting her Instagram and Facebook apps daily has also helped reduce her anxiety levels and makes her entire business feel ‘more manageable’.
She now encourages her own followers to try and click off from social media during the day as well.
Jessica said deleting her Instagram and Facebook apps daily has also helped reduce her anxiety levels and makes her entire business feel ‘more manageable’
Jessica is also a proponent of self-care, and recently shared her own rituals on her blog.
‘We all have off days where we don’t feel so connected to our own beautiful bodies,’ she wrote.
‘Some days you just don’t have motivation to do anything. Your body is craving some love and nourishment.’
Jessica recommends pampering yourself with a calming Epsom salt bath with lavender oil, giving yourself a foot massage, or going to a yoga class.
She also recommends doing deep belly breathing twice a day and propping your legs up against the wall for 10 minutes to help find calmness.
Jessica said she also often lights a candle to ‘bring in my feminine energy’.
‘Candles are so calming,’ she wrote. ‘You can read a book or enjoy a cup of tea with a candle lit near you.’