Who doesn’t love social media? It is such a great way to connect with others with similar interests and also a great way to make new friends. It is also a place where we easily lose hours of lives just scrolling through a never-ending feed of people living lives that looks so much better than our own. Travel, shopping sprees, expensive restaurants and just overall doing fun things, this is where social media goes from being a friendly place to visit to a place to confirm our own discontentment.
No one is bad for posting these things, we all do it as we all love sharing these fun and beautiful moments in our life. That is why sometimes I just need to take a social media break. Our best lives are not lived scrolling though our phone, trying to grow our “following and engagement”, and it is definitely not doing things just for Instagram photos and likes.
That is why on occasion I do take a social media break (this includes blogging too). Usually I do this for just a few days as a way of recharging and re-centering myself. It is a time that I use to think about all of things that make me happy and contented in my own life without the barrage of all those fun highlights going on in social media. I get time back in my life that I otherwise would have spent literally staring at a screen and watching other people have fun.
Here is what I like to do during my social media breaks.
1.) Read A Book – I love reading a good book and this is something over the years that I have had less and less time for because a lot of my time is taken up by looking through my phone instead. It is nice to get back to those little things that I truly enjoy as well as giving my eyes a break from constantly looking at a screen. I love reading either a lifestyle book or a good novel and I hope to make more time for this favorite hobby going forward.
2.) Cook A Nice Meal – I think part of what social media has caused for us is a lack attention to daily things. We speed through our days, our routines and our lives. We don’t stop to appreciate things like a home cooked meal (that didn’t come from a box or bag). I love to get fresh organic ingredients and cook up something delicious and healthy, something that takes time to prepare and cook and not just microwaved for three minutes. There are days that I am tired and those quick meals come in handy, but when I am taking time off of social media I do like to slow down and enjoy the good things in life that are simple, yet luxurious.
3.) Spend Time With Friends of Family – It’s nice to go out to meet a friend for coffee or go on a date with your spouse. It is important to make time so that we can connect to people face to face instead over the phone. Although social media has made it easier to catch up on what our friends and family are into, it is still not the same as getting together face to face to connect on a deeper level. There are studies that shows that loneliness in America is at an all time high even though we are more “connected” than ever. We have somehow stopped being social in real life in favor of being social online and we are feeling the loneliness and isolation of it. That is why I try to always schedule time to see a friends or to go out with my husband. It is better for us to connect on this level and not just give the occasional thumbs up or heart on social media on their posts.
Do you ever take a social media break?
How does social media make you feel about your life?
What do you like to do that you think social media time has taken over from you?
Let me know in the comments!