It got to me, too. The constant inundation of advertising and unattainable comparisons drove me into a season of distraction and discontent. My failure to fully engage in a conversation was frightening, and the time that I spent scrolling through feeds and updated statuses was embarrassing, at best. This girl, that wants to be friends with everyone, got a little lost where new friends seem to be never-ending.
So I left social media for a while. My complete evacuation stemmed from some bad advice, which I digested amidst the sea of swirling opinions that I subjected myself to all day, every day. After abstaining for a month or so, I slowly began process some important lessons I learned in the quiet season of my smartphone. Like anything in life, social media is something for which we have to construct healthy boundaries. It’s not going away, and it’s fun! But there are some important pros and cons that I concluded after my brief step away from it. I’m no expert on mental or spiritual health, but here’s what I took away from my digital vacation.
Physical health and wellness alone do not lead to happiness. The Bible warns us not to worship idols. Idols, by definition, are anything that we place above or before God. Wellness and the many categories of it that are marketed to us by modern society can easily take a front row seat in our lives. It doesn’t seem like a bad thing to put a priority on our health but bowing to our flesh is dangerous. Even when we aim at wellness and physical fitness.
Wellness is “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of a deliberate effort.” In the medical world, wellness is coined as the “approach to health care that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.” Seeking medical professionals to treat or prevent disease isn’t unbiblical, nor is opting for preventable health care, but placing any of this before God definitely is.
The following warning signs may alert us to lopsided priorities in caring for our physical health and wellness.