#UpbeatAuthors: Taking time to relax

There's been a lot of negativity in our world lately. Maybe it's always been there, but with social media ruling our downtime, it's getting worse. At least for me.

As much as I love getting on Facebook to check in with my friends and readers, I also dread it. My newsfeed is oftentimes filled with so much hate that I choke on the negativity. I get off feeling stilted. The worst part is how the negativity lingers in the back of my mind all day.

A couple of months ago, I decided I was tired of feeling sad and angry all the time. My writing was slowing down. My sleep was erratic. And my enthusiasm to do anything was dropping to a nonexistent level. I didn't like me. I didn't like how I was treating my family. And I didn't like the helplessness.

Having dealt with depression, I knew I had to do something to change my life.

For me, that something wasn't disconnecting from social media. With my hectic schedule and the limited contact I have with people, both in my day job and my writing life, I need the interaction Facebook and other social media provides. BUT...it's up to me to remember there is love and happiness and peace in the world and our lives. EVERY SINGLE DAY. We only need to take a step back and open our eyes. 

Today, I sat at the dinner table with my husband and our children and was reminded that love was staring right at me, even while the kids argued over who would get the last roll.

I'm excited about what I'll notice tomorrow and the next day. It's up to me to find my peace. And I will.

~Nancy

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