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Do you need a so­cial me­dia detox? TARYN BRUMFITT, mother-of-three, writer, speaker and founder of The Body Im­age Move­ment, gives ex­clu­sive ad­vice

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

TAKE THE PLUNGE

I did it. Yep, no In­sta, no Face­book, no Twit­ter – I didn’t even check my emails for four whole days! It was half­way through day one I re­alised just how much so­cial me­dia has in­fil­trated my daily rou­tine – for ex­am­ple, what was I sup­posed to do while I was wait­ing for the ket­tle to boil?

NO MORE NEG­A­TIV­ITY

It got me think­ing about the amount of time peo­ple spend on so­cial me­dia and the in­flu­ence it’s hav­ing on our lives. I re­cently read a study by Mac­quarie Univer­sity re­veal­ing that just 30 min­utes a day on In­sta­gram is enough to make women ob­sessed with their ap­pear­ance and weight. Yikes!

DON’T BE FOOLED

We strug­gle be­cause we want to look as good as those we fol­low in our news feeds. This leads to more of us hav­ing a neg­a­tive body im­age – and we know noth­ing good comes from that!

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

When you scroll through your feed, are the peo­ple re­flected back at you ones that make you feel good, in­spired and loved? If not, my ad­vice is re­ally sim­ple – un­fol­low! Ditch the so­cial me­dia ac­counts that don’t serve and sup­port you and in­stead fol­low the peo­ple that make you feel great.

‘I sur­vived the four days – ac­tu­ally I’d go so far as to say I thrived to­wards the end!’

From the lanterns at sun­set of Ho Chi Minh City to the hid­den vil­lages on the tiny trib­u­taries of the Mekong River, the Trav­el­mar­vel Es­sen­tial Viet­nam & Cam­bo­dia jour­ney is the ideal way to get a taste for the hid­den gems and his­toric ap­peal of these scenic coun­tries. Un­der the guid­ance of an ex­pe­ri­enced Cruise Di­rec­tor and lo­cal guides for shore ex­cur­sions, the trip of­fers plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to go beyond the tourist trail and delve deeper into the au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences and lo­cal cul­ture. of both coun­tries. Ex­pe­ri­ence both the beauty of the coun­try­side on a seven night Mekong River cruise along with buzz of the cities with two nights in both Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap.

Marvel at the tran­quil, sa­cred site of Angkor Wat. Insert; Life on the Mekong River.

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