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!