Why I Take Social Media Breaks (& Why You Should, Too!)

Posted in Lifestyle
on March 25, 2016

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Being part of the blogging world is extremely exhausting. There’s always a pressure to build your brand, engage in conversations with others in your niche, etc. The list of what a blogger does on a daily basis in never-ending.

It wasn’t until December that I took a real break from social media. It lasted about a week, and it was the best week of my life.

I didn’t feel pressured to take pictures simply to post them to Instagram. I didn’t feel pressured to construct witty tweets that would get favorites and retweets. There was no pressure at all.

After that week, I vowed to take more social media breaks regularly. At first, I felt self-conscious and nervous about not posting several times a day between all of my social media accounts. “Will people unfollow me?” I thought to myself. An entire weekend passed without a single update on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook—and I felt good.

Now, I find myself less concerned about creating content for social media, and more about posting for my blog, or when I feel inspired to post the content. Of course I want to stay up-to-date on social media to read what other bloggers have posted, read world news, etc.—but I don’t want it to be the first thing I think about when I wake up, or be the activity I do before bed. It has become so normal to be on our phones, that we forgot how to enjoy a meal without taking a picture of it before we eat.

So, after taking several, mini breaks from social media, I have noticed a huge decrease in my level of anxiety, and a decrease in the pressure to have an “Instagram-worthy” life. Let’s be honest, I’m not a person who could (or should) post a photo of my outfit each day because a lot of them would be me in a pair of sweatpants. But, that’s okay!

I think there has become this push for everyone to have adventures, take risks, try weird and cool things simply to post about it online. If you want to take a vacation, try a new cafe—don’t do it because you want to impress your Instagram and Twitter followers. Do it because it’s something you want to do, and enjoy those moments for yourself. Yes, it is possible to take a photo of something and not post about it on social media. It’s all about balance.

If you have never considered taking a break from social media, I would highly recommend it. Instead of reaching for your phone to scroll through your feeds, carry a book or magazine on you and read. Or, take time to enjoy the silence. You’ll be amazed at what a break from social media can do for you.

Have you ever taken a break from social media? If not, why don’t you? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • totally agree that being constantly on our phones has become the new “norm” it drains me a lot so I try to take mini breaks on the weekend for a few days here and there. I also try to limit my phone time after work and before bed. that usually helps me out a bit 🙂

    • Tianna, that’s something I was considering is limiting my time. But instead I might call is scheduling time where I can be on my phone, but once that time is over–my phone is off and I’m doing something else that’s not related to social media or the Internet in general! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Jessica Ree

    I found myself agreeing with you, everything you said! The last couple of weeks I have felt exhausted and totally drained with social media and blogging in general. I think maybe taking a break for a while would be a good idea!

    • Don’t be afraid to take a break! It is exhausting and mentally draining, so sometimes we need to log off so our minds can relax and not stay on social media 24/7.

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    We all need to do this..I have been walking outside since the weather has improved and reading some books that have been on my list. Trying to not be on the computer all day long…

    • Yes! I promised myself once I give my Defense for my Master’s, I will be off the computer for awhile. For this last month, though, I need to focus on my final book and such!

  • Amen! I have to say that I totally agree with this. At the beginning of the month I wrote a blog post about all of the goals I had for March, and then I promptly stopped posting on my blog and social media for a week and a half. I got a ton accomplished, and surprise surprise, the world didn’t end 🙂

    • Exactly! I feel like we worry so much, but it’s great to have time off to be able to get things done and to relax.

  • I uninstalled Facebook from my phone while in the process of moving and building our new home. It was great! I didn’t feel the need to update everyone all the time, and I didn’t stress about what I was missing by not mindlessly scrolling through the news feed. I was able to be present through every step, and it was worth it! I now only use Facebook to connect with other like minded people and share my blog content. I still do not have the app on my phone and I don’t plan to add it back at this time.

    • I definitely need to consider this for some upcoming changes in my life (that you will be reading on the blog next week!) I think it’s so important to be present for big moments like this! And deleting apps might be something I need to consider in the future!

  • Olivia Muller

    My sis for lent only went on social media on Sundays and I definitely wish I did that too. I find myself constantly worrying about finding “instagram-worthy” content for my blog and it can be so exhausting!

    -Olivia

    Miss Olivia Says

    • I think I’ll begin doing this even though it’s not lent anymore because it’s a great way to a challenge yourself even if it’s not for a holiday or season.

  • Ashleigh

    This is great! I’m currently starting a little break from social media.. {IG in particular} because sometimes it just gets to be a bit much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the topic!

    • Yes! Instagram is absolutely horrible for me because then I’m taking up all my time just infinitely scrolling.

  • I think that giving up social media for short breaks of times is so necessary. I take one day a week with that usually.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Yes! The more often you take the breaks, the easier it becomes and the more relaxed and productive you’ll be each week!

  • I agree with you! I needed to take a break and I took a month! It was necessary! Great post!

    • Maybe I’ll take a month sooner or later! That actually sounds like an amazing idea! Thanks so much for your comment

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