In October of 2019, I decided to take a break from social media. Honestly, I was not planning to disconnect from my social media platforms, but I was feeling overwhelmed and drained.
Today I want to talk about my decision to take a random Social Media detox. As a brand-new blogger, I knew this was insane! Disappearing from social media at the early stages of me launching my blogging website was not beneficial for my brand. I had worked extremely hard on building my website, and I had also invested so many hours on my social media accounts. Still, I was feeling exhausted, and I could no longer continue. I needed to get away from social networking.
I started by posting less on Instagram to eventually not posting at all for three months! I love blogging, but breaking loose from Social Media was something I needed to do. So, I could learn how to manage my time online. My goal was to create ground rules for myself so that Social Media could no longer controlled my life.
My social media detox was challenging at first because I had developed bad habits that kept drawing me into continually checking my phone. I was so focused on getting a higher engagement rate that it was making me lose the ability to be more at the moment with my family.
I begin my Social Media detox by removing myself from all chat groups. Also, I turned off all notifications from Facebook and Instagram. Eventually, I deleted my Social Media Apps.
After several weeks of not being active on Social Media, it felt like a 2900 lbs. Hippo had been removed from my shoulders, and I immediately felt the freedom and relief that I was desperately craving!
During my disconnection, I realize that life had slow down. I had more time during the day. I had more patience. The battery level on my phone lasted longer. Most importantly, I realize how stress-free and happier I was. I also found a slower pace that has given me the ability to concentrate on my personal growth.
The bright side of Social Media is that I've met some amazing women through my journey as a blogger. It has also given me the ability to connect with so many different individuals on a personal level. Most important of all, so many successful businesses have grown through the power of social media!
After my Social Media detox, I came back to do what I love with a clear vision and a refreshed mind. It was vital for me to jump back in slowly, but now I am sufficiently active on all my social media platforms.
I'll continue to take occasional breaks when I feel like I need them. (just not as long) because I do believe that it made me more productive and happier. I have also learned to manage my time between family and social networking, and that its a pretty rewarding feeling!
If you are feeling some way about Social Media, consider taking a break. It could be very beneficial for your well-being!
I am looking forward to our next chat!