When social media plays a big part of your day job and what you do in your spare time, it can make it really difficult to switch off.
You’re most likely to find me attached to my phone, whether it’s uploading a photo of my breakfast or tweeting about how my day has gone, I can’t help but update the world on what products and places I’m currently loving. Being a part of the blogging community that has grown an astonishing amount over the last couple of years can feel overwhelming at times, but it has also become a place where I’ve made some great long-term friends. I’ve unfollowed those accounts that make me feel inferior and have been inspired by those who use their online presence to help motivate and lift you up when you’re feeling down. I need to give a little mention (and thank you) to Victoria from In The Frow here, as her blog has been my go-to for inspiration when I’m lacking ideas on what content to create.
Of course, there are still some days – or weeks – where I just want to switch off. We’ve all been there, right? It could be because you haven’t done anything exciting therefore feel like you have nothing to share, or perhaps you just need some time out from the pressures that come with being online 24/7. I’ve been there, many times, and I’ve found that the only way to fall back in love with it is to take a long step back from it all.
I really cherish any time I spend away from my phone and laptop. To not have to update people with what I’ve done or who I’m with is refreshing, and I can enjoy the little moments without documenting it. I’ll admit that while I may not be on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, I’m likely to still be texting friends on Whatsapp and watching daily vlogs on YouTube. With my gorgeous new marble phone case from Trendz*, my phone continues to stay by my side – and the battery life seems to last a little longer when I’m not scrolling so much…
Photography: Frozen Visions
One of my new year goals for 2017 is to disconnect from social media once a week, and I feel like Sundays have become that day for me. I have about 3 scrapbooks full of memories that I need to finish off, which gives me the perfect excuse to put my phone down and do something creative for a few hours!
Social media is a fickle place and we can all get caught up with how many likes and follows we receive on a photo or status. Hey, I’m guilty of this too. When you take a step back for five minutes, you realise how unimportant it all is in the grand scheme of things. When you start worrying about strangers not liking your selfie or breakfast flatlay – it’s definitely time to switch off!
If you feel the need to take a break from the pressures that the online world can instigate, why not switch off one day or one evening every week and make plans to do something else with your time? Go to the gym, enjoy a stroll in the countryside, grab a drink with a friend or make that your ‘movie night’ of the week (and indulge in a few treats).