Just one word. TO BE SANE. If you are one of my social media tribe, you already know how often I take breaks from Instagram and Facebook. At least once a month. As much as social media helps us socialize, it is also a massive monster that turns us jealous, bitter, and competitive. Do we need that? Absolutely not. Although we are very sure of what’s good for our well-being and what’s not, we failed in letting this monster go and make some real connections. That’s exactly why we need to have once in a while social media breaks.
Can you think of one reason why you need to be a regular on social media? You won’t find one reason that weighs more than your mental health. Especially if you are following a bunch of social media influencers and content creators, you have all the more reason to take regular breaks from social media. Their everyday picture-perfect updates and lifestyle may have a negative effect on you. It’s their job to create good content (and there’s so much struggle behind the camera that we don’t see) but I know how people take it.
I’m a blogger/content creator, social media plays a big role in my job but still if I had to choose… I choose my mental well-being. So, social media breaks are essential for that. For myself as well as the people that follow me. I don’t want to give them a perfect story every day so they would think that I have a perfect life. FYI, no one has a perfect life. Although we can always try to make one. So, I believe even so-called influencers, bloggers, and vloggers need to take social media breaks once a while.
Do I feel good during those social media breaks?
My mind feels a lot lighter and happier. These social media breaks help rejuvenate my mind and body. This is something that helped me during my emotional breakdowns too. We are living our lives every day constantly feeling the pressure to not fall behind. To stay ahead in the race. To know what’s happening in others’ lives. With all these pressures, we are forgetting to live our lives the way we are supposed to. A lot of my friends are so occupied with work, earnings, and all, that they forget “today” is not going to come back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
How many things do you observe on your way to the office or school or college?
I’m sure you must have overlooked many people and things even at the places you frequent.
Because you see but you don’t look. Our eyes are glued to screen instead of the world in front of us. We need to stop and look carefully to know what and how many beautiful things you are surrounded by.
So, what do I do during my social media breaks?
I do what I feel like. I do things that strengthen the connection with my inner self. Sometimes, I just lay on my bed, breathing in and out slowly until I feel like the time has slowed down. We all need a moment or two to breathe. Everyone says to be productive but no one says to sit back. But I do. I say, sit back and enjoy the “now”. Have you ever looked at the sky? Not just see, I mean, look carefully. You should try that during your break from social media. I bet you will enjoy it.
Let me know how you liked my idea. As you know, I’d love to hear from you all!!