As a blogger, social media is not one, but the BIGGEST part of blogging. From getting that perfect caption to coming up with content ideas to creating graphics, you’re a one woman show taking on the tasks a full team normally would..think glam squad for words.
But it wasn’t until the last week of February 2021, that I realized I needed a serious break from it all. Major stressors started going off as I tried balancing the pressures of running a web + brand design business, running a blog, running social media for both endeavors, plus dealing with the stressors of the pandemic and regular life responsibilities.
I was constantly worried about scheduling my next post (timing is everything), using the perfect hashtag strategies (hello Instagram algorithm) plus sticking to a rigid posting schedule (missing out on personal moments), that I wasn’t being as healthy to my mind and body as I could.
It actually got to the point that my sleep was disturbed as I found myself locked into a routine that was one of constant rush while feeling like slowing down wasn’t an option. So, going into March, I made up my mind to take a step back.
That decision was later confirmed when I re-visited wellness blogger Lori Geurin’s “How To Do A Social Media Detox Challenge To Feel Better”. I had bookmarked that post about 5 months ago, but all of her tips (like a good read should) stayed with me.
Each week I completed some of her suggested tasks, and as I did, it became ingrained in me to not even feel the need to post (on the blog or social media) or check my feed.
Social media plays such a large role in our everyday lives that sometimes with that much influence, it’s important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Can you go a few minutes, a few hours even without feeling the pressure to stay completely digitally connected? Is there something you’ve been dying to do, but keep saying you don’t have time? Well, the time is now.
I encourage you to try and challenge yourself to go social media-free, or at least put it on the back burner, for 24 hours. And if you’re feeling up to the challenge, continue up the ante until you hit 1 month!