Why I Took a Social Media Sabbatical (and Happy New Year!)

I have a love hate relationship with social media. Often I find it too stimulating and full of comparisons. Most of the time, it makes me miss my communities rather than feel like I’m surrounded by like minded folks. Because of my ambivalence, I took a ‘sabbatical’ from professional posting from August of 2023 through this month. I decided to use the time I would spend on social media to delve deeper into what really matters to me in my professional life and community. The quality of my professional relationships is integral to my quality of life and I needed to make some shifts. 

Three professional intentions for 2024 and beyond came out of the time I took away from social media. I spent a lot of time this month crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s on these decisions for the new year:

  1. I started two google groups and concomitant list serv’s for nurse practitioners in the field of eating disorders. One is Boston-based and one is national. I’ve just started spreading the word about these. If you or an energized nurse practitioner you know want to be a part of one or both of these groups, please let me know and spread the word!
  1. I’m formally offering supervision to other clinicians. I’ve been taking part in supervision myself since beginning work as a clinician 30 years ago and continue to learn from my own mentors. If you’re interested in clinical supervision with me or you know someone who may be, please point them to testimonials from those who I have had the privilege of supervising and a supervision application for us to meet!
  1. After nearly four years of fully virtual sessions and working from home, I’ll be back to in-person sessions a day or so a week. Working from home and seeing patients virtually is a huge silver lining of the pandemic. Yet, sharing this new professional space with like minded colleagues feels energizing to me. Patients can choose in person or virtual, but the option is now available if our schedules align.

After feeling a bit burnt out from social media, pieces needed to shift. In order for me to truly feel connected to my professional community, I needed to spend time aligning in the present and where I see myself in the future. I did restart posting on social media this month and I feel like this comes with more intention given these thoughtful strategies.

2024 is a special year for me as I’m celebrating being a registered dietitian for 30 years and a nurse practitioner for 25 years. These anniversaries are further propelling me to stay consistent with what I need and want in my own professional community. What’s important to you in your professional community? I hope you’ll continue to join me on this journey!