There are times where I get into bed and don’t remember half of my day because most of it was spent scrolling and pinning. I have tried – er, am still trying – to put my phone down while I’m in bed to make sure I really unwind before falling asleep but I (of course) struggle with that.
I’m sure you feel the same sometimes (help me out here). It takes a TOLL on my mind. I get extremely overwhelmed, I get stressed out and caught up, I compare and I doubt. The list could go on. And I’m not bashing social media at all, because I clearly like it very much and I see the good in it as well, I just think it’s so important to take a serious break.
I mean, there are even times where Bill is like “hi, hey haven’t seen you all day can we chat?” and I want to slap myself for being so head first into my phone all the time. That’s the hardest part about blogging for me, I struggle with balance. My blog is really my life, you know? So it’s hard for me to put everything down.
Although I continue to blog daily because my blog is my life my life is my blog and so on, I’ve found a way to kind of take a breath and really let go for a minute while having some ‘me’ time or family time or anything/anyone time, really. Ready? Get off social media for like two days. Just don’t go on it. Focus on other things, turn the phone off.
I can still blog without obsessing over social media. Of course, Snapchat and Instagram are a huge part of my blogging life, but I kind of go back to the basics and just write instead of scroll. I get out my calendar and plan my week or month. I go to a new workout class I can tell you about in two days. I try a new skincare regimen I’ll share later on.
And it doesn’t matter if you blog or not, this goes for everyone. You can take a break too because g-damn the scrolling gets old, no?
It is almost like therapy for me, getting off social media. It gives me this huge breath of fresh air and let’s me reset my mind. I get more creative when I come back.
Sunday I felt like I was in a creative rut with no idea why. I kept scrolling for inspiration and I felt more lost as the day went on. I went to bed stressed about what I was going to do for the next week creativity wise, which obviously lead to a bad nights sleep.
I decided that on Monday I was going to take a step back and let my mind unwind and reset. I didn’t touch social media or scroll all day and when I got home, I can’t even say this enough, I felt so much more relaxed. I didn’t feel like I was trying to catch up or feel so behind on everything. I felt.. super stress-free. I mean, just from one day.
Tuesday morning I woke up ready to go. I had my creativity back and I felt inspired. From what? I’m pretty sure it was from the quick break I let my mind take.
It was life changing, honestly.
And again, this doesn’t just go for bloggers. I mean, I did this one entire summer before I even began blogging. I deleted every social media account I had for 3 months and I won’t lie, I felt very off the grid, but the relationship I was involved in at the time got stronger, my effort to see people was better than ever and I was more stress-free than I’ve ever been. It was a long time, and I did miss seeing who was doing what on Snapchat (gah, I know) but it was definitely a huge wake-up call. It kind of showed me what was more important in life than everything else going on?
That’s why I’m making it a plan, yes – marked in my calendar, to take two days in a row off of social media every month.
Do you guys do this? Any tips?
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