Social media has been apart of my life for the past two year’s since starting my blog. Most people won’t admit how much social media means, or has meant, to them. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have helped me to grow a platform for my blog and my Youtube channel.
After my miscarriage and two years of heavy social media (on my phone nearly every waking hour) it was time for a break. So for 30 days, I quit social media.
All notifications were turned off. All apps were removed. I felt an immediate feeling of freedom.
What I learnt
- How much time can be wasted browsing social networks without knowing it
- I was able to heal
- Like an addict, I scooped my phone up multiple times a day and swiped it open
- I took the moment to see the beauty in life, completely understanding how often I take for granted the amazing views and a moment of stillness in Essex.
- Minimalism – I finally got the time to research and really take in what minimalism is and implement this in my life
- Spending quiet time with my children
- I had more time playing with my children
- I had more free time to read
- I met up with friends
- Had date nights with my husband
- My iPhone battery was at 50% at the end of the day
- I decluttered my subscription box, Instagram accounts
- I was acutely aware of just how many email notifications I get from social media, so I unsubscribed – I was shocked when I realised how much of my attention and mental energy probably got sucked away every day just because of my inbox
- I was also noticeably happier
- I cleaned, decluttered and organised my house
- I donated all item’s we didn’t need or want to charity
- Watched less TV
- Spent more and more time with family members
- Had conversations without picking up my phone
- I missed Instagram
- I missed making Youtube videos
- I missed my social media friends
- Once I took all social media from my life I knew the things I wanted to add back in and the things I never
- I don’t like Facebook – No seriously I find it so draining, something Im working on trying to see if I delete it or find a way to work with it but without affecting my energy
- Less stressed
- I fell back in love with writing
- The biggest benefit has been removal of negativity and unnecessary information. Some people who effected my energy was still occupying my mind long after I logged out of social media. Filtering my newsfeed and timeline
- I missed seeing my friends happy and positive posts, they make me so happy
- I missed supporting my friends with their videos and posts
- I love being so positive and being great energy around others
- I love spending so much time with my family
I’m not going to completely quit using social media although I originally thought I was , but I’m going to take control of my use of social media. Not being on social media for 30 days it really opened my eyes to the feelings and motivations I have using Facebook, etc. Right away I Immediately felt a sense of freedom. I felt like my mind and body could breathe.
If you’re reading this and thinking about taking a social media break start with a weekend or a week, but aim for 30 days. Give yourself a chance to feel how I felt after just one month.
You can watch my video on my social media break here –