I recently took a little break from social media and I have to be honest, it was a nice break. I had been considering it for a while, as it had started consuming my life. I found myself spending a shameful amount of time just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram (my vice). I then read THIS blog post by the talented Rebecca Hay, and was instantly inspired to STEP AWAY FROM THE PHONE.
Originally I had planned to only take 1 week off, just to test the waters. I was pleasantly surprised that the first week was easier than I expected. One week has now turned into three.
Within those three weeks, I was able to see & appreciate my world in a whole new light.
Windsor, Ontario: Something as simple as taking a 20 minute walk and being outside rejuvenated my spirits and allowed me to acknowledge the Fall beauty around me.
Montreal, Quebec: I just had to step into the street to snap this photo. I took a quick weekend trip during my social media sabbatical and although this day was particularly cold & rainy, I relished in the stillness & quietness of the streets of Old Montreal.
So, here are the top 4 things I’ve learned from my mini digital detox:
- There’s A Wolrd Outside Your Phone
I found that because I wasn’t constantly looking down at my phone, I was much more aware of my surroundings. Even something as simple as enjoying my lunch without staring at my phone made it that much enjoyable.
- Comparison Is Noise
Along with the pressure of feeling like I had to be connected at all times, I was constantly comparing myself to my fellow Instagrammers. It seemed like everything they were posting/the projects they were working on were far more exceptional than anything I was working on at the moment, and I was starting to feel a bit meek. I then realized that I was comparing myself to people I had mostly never met, got a grip on reality and sucked it up. Social media should be a tool to show off your loves & passions while encouraging others to do the same.
- Sustaining Relationships
I was able to connect and be more present for the people in my life. I never realized how often I’d ask my husband how his day was, while staring down at my phone. Taking a break from social media allowed me to LOOK UP when speaking to people, and to value our conversations more.
- Taking A Break Is Ok
Being able to accept the fact that stepping away was OK, was half the battle for me. Realizing that I didn’t need to know everyone’s comings and goings, I didn’t need to read every tweet was somewhat refreshing. Towards the end of the 3 weeks, a quick five-minute check in was all I needed to get up to date with everything I “needed” to know.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed like I was with social media – I encourage you to take a little break. Even if you unplug for just a day, see how it feels. After easing my way back in, I feel inspired with a sense of renewed energy.
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