Monday, August 01, 2016

Keeping Up With Social - Or Not. IKEA Says #LetsRelax

With the huge growth in lifestyle blogs, and the popularity of social media these days, we have unprecedented access into each others' lives. We share and consume imagery of beautifully plated meals, and pristine, clean homes and gardens. It can be pretty easy to feel a sense of inferiority when we are constantly bombarded by these images, and constantly comparing our own homes and meals to them.

I think a great example of this phenomenon comes with pictures of kids' school lunches. I'm sure you've seen them - those perfect Bento boxes, filled with pre-cut, adorable, healthy lunch foods. If Boo gets a jam sandwich with a juice box and some berries, he figures he's doing great. And I feel the same way, although I used to feel a need to meet that ever-rising bar of school lunch perfection. But that was stressful, and unrealistic for me. Kudos to all those who do have the time, energy, and creativity to make those Bento boxes look so good. Nothing against them at all, but I had to realise I don't have it in me. And that's ok.

IKEA has released a new video, “Let’s Relax.” They are using this to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding, in hopes of helping people say "goodbye" to stress and "hello" to the joy of cooking, eating and being together. Because life should be about more time together, more fun, more joy, and less stress. Check this out and have a giggle!

Social media is a super place to meet people, converse, and get inspired. You can source amazing recipes and home decor ideas, as well a parenting advice and so much more. Just don't let it get you down - remember that we all generally post only those things that make us look our best. That sparkling clean house? The floors are still wet, and the family was banished to the basement until the photos were taken. Ten minutes later? Dog fur and Tonka trucks. I'll bet money on it.

Nobody is perfect, no matter how hard one might try to make it look otherwise. So give yourself a break. Cook and eat like no one is watching! Tasting good is much more important than looking good when it comes to food. And when you share that meal with loved ones? So much the better!

Perhaps your phone needs a break too ...
This group is using IKEA's GARNERA Serving stand, two tiers, to keep their devices out of their hands during their meal.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by IKEA. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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