I’m not sure how it started.  Looking back, I think perhaps Upworthy was the gateway drug.  Interesting, feel-good (or feel-righteous-outrage) content started popping up in my Facebook feed. When I started teaching yoga, I added Doyouyoga for the yoga-centric articles and occasional videos.  Then Facebook started suggesting pages – “Hey, Skeptical Yogi! I smell what you’re cooking, and I think it’s wellness! Lots of wellness! Why don’t you also like Elephant Journal? Oh, also Mindbodygreen. And don’t forget Yoga Journal!”

Click.  Click. Liked. Liked!

Soon, my Facebook feed became a barrage of wellness information. “Hemp seeds are the new flax seeds!” 

“Top fifteen reasons why you should already be on a juice fast!” 

“Kale! Eat more kale!”

At first, I felt a twisted sense of obligation to click through.  As a yoga instructor, and someone with a personal interest in this amorphous “wellness” collection of interests (trend? Should I not call it a trend?) I felt that by not reading whatever article popped up, I was missing out. Also, they frequently piqued my curiosity! What ARE the top eight nutrients my diet is missing? Pray tell, what health benefits will I reap from mindfulness meditation? What’s that? A step-by-step guide to tadasana?? Yes, please!!

It can be an awful lot of information to absorb. Add to that the fact that many of these wellness sites recycle the same articles and reword the same lists. And some send out updates several times an hour (I’m looking at you, Elephant Journal).  It got overwhelming. As a new yoga instructor, I was already feeling overwhelmed. I overthought every class, spent hours on YouTube, and agonized over every pose. The last thing I needed was my Facebook feed screaming at me, “Hey! You forgot something!” 

So, I started weeding out. I “unliked” one afternoon until logging onto Facebook no longer felt like a endless wellness magazine. I kept the ones who have quality content, and who don’t bug the sh!t out of me with endless posts. I’ll post soon about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the wellness sites!