Hey my loves,
So, it’s been a while, huh? Now, I wanted to share my experience about my month off of social media with you. I decided at the end of December 2018 that I needed a little break from social media, just to focus on my work for College as well as to concentrate on my mental health.
Here’s what I did:
- I rearranged all my apps into folders on my phone and shut down all notifications. The only noise my phone was making was when I got a phone call.
- Rather than to completely shut of the notifications from WhatsApp and iMessage I let the messages pop up without making a sound, just so that if I were to pick up my phone I would see that somebody messaged me. I didn’t want to cut of contact to my friends, since I am not in school anymore so I rarely see everyone.
- I also did not go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat for an entire month. I did open Instagram once, but mainly because I’ve forgotten to turn of the notification count on it and got a message and it drove me insane not knowing what was going on. After that I turned that off, too.
Here’s what I learned:
- Taking time off of social media is extremely hard and you need a lot of self-control. For the first few days I felt so much FOMO (fear of missing out) that I almost quit, but I kept telling myself: “Girl, it’s just pictures, it’s just some stupid news. You don’t have to see everything.” And that actually helped quite a lot.
- I learned that I cherish a message a lot more when I actually take the time to properly read and answer and that I don’t need to answer right away. That the “sorry for answering so late”-feeling I got before, what just absolute garbage. I am not obliged to answer my messages with a certain time frame, I am not obliged to answer them at all. I answer, because I want to.
- A lot of social media is fake. A lot of news are fake. A lot of what is shared is absolute nonsense.
- I miss sharing moments with friends who cannot be there.
- I like being connected to the world.
- Being “offline” is the best way to re-center yourself and get a fresh perspective on things.
- Sometimes a little deflection isn’t the worst, but not always necessary.
- Put your phone down, when you want to go to sleep.
Have you ever gone a month offline? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know what your experiences were.
I wish you all a wonderful day!