I don’t think anyone was made to go through social media. Whether you have 1 follower or 1 million, the effects of social media are dangerous. It can become obsessive, disorientating, isolating, and a place that fuels a lot of people’s self-hatred. As much as I love social media and all that is brings, I can’t lie when I say that is has encouraged some of the worst thoughts about myself. So what do I do when this happens? I take a break. A social media break is necessary for everyone who consumes media via Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, or anything else online. And in this post, I’m going to justify just some of those reasons as to why taking a social media break is 100% okay.
PRIVACY IS OKAY
We all have things in our lives that we like to keep private. In some cases that might be family, friends, relationships as well as other things like mental health, fears and general battles. And it’s completely okay to want to keep some things to yourself. We all need an element of privacy in our lives and I think it can provide a lot of safety if you put yourself online a lot. I know I like to keep a lot of things private on my blog, mainly because they are personal to me and things I’m not quite ready to share yet.
A social media break is completely acceptable though when you feel like you aren’t getting that level of privacy. People will always try and assume things about you, judge you, and manipulate an image of you, so taking a break to regain that privacy and level of understanding about yourself is so important. I tend to take little breaks off social media when I need to privately deal with my mental health and internal thoughts. I also know that a lot of people are like this also, and it is totally okay.
IT ISN’T A COMPETITION
Social media can feel like one big battle sometimes. People always trying to outdo the next, and this sense of competitiveness is always going to be around. But it’s important to remember that everyone is on their own path and it doesn’t always have to be a competition. If you need a break off social media, take it. It isn’t a battle of who reaches 10k on Instagram first. It’s a journey and one which is still going to continue, even if you take a few days off.
LIVE IN THE MOMENT
Sometimes you just want to be present in your ‘real-life’ and that is so normal. I think when you spend so much time on social media, it can be so easy to get absorbed in the digital world. As long as you’re coping with it in a healthy way, I think that is completely okay. But sometimes you might just want to be present in your ‘real-life’. To go out with friends and family, to go for long drives in the car, and to do a killer workout at the gym. All without feeling obligated to post it on socials.
YOU’RE NOT REALLY MISSING OUT
Social media is every changing. One day something is trending, the next… it’s gone. It’s impossible to keep up with every trend so taking a few days off for a social media break is okay because the likelihood is, everything will be the same when you come back. You might take a week off Instagram to find that they have introduced something called Reels, but what have you really missed out on? A couple of days.
It’s so easy to get caught up on social media trends because things just move so much faster online, but I can assure you, you aren’t going to miss much by taking a few days off socials.
THERE ARE PROBABLY PEOPLE IN YOUR REAL LIFE THAT MISS YOU
I am so guilty of this. I put so much time into my social media that I don’t actually make plans with people in my ‘real-life’. It definitely triggers a lot of guilt for me, but I think it’s important to put the phone away and to spend some time with the people you have around you. Quite frankly, they probably missed you if they see everything you post on socials but don’t see you in person. Even if it’s just a night off, take it and spend some time with the people you love.
YOU NEED TIME TO FOCUS ON GOALS
Of course you can have goals relating to social media and it’s okay to focus on those too. But taking a step back to focus on more personal goals, I think, is crucial. I know lately, I’ve been taking more time off social media to go the gym more. Mainly because that is a huge goal of mine right now and it is something I really want to focus on more in my personal life. But it could be anything. It could be to read more, to reach an academic goal, or to focus on your own personal growth. Either way, taking a step back off social media is going to give you a chance to put that spare time into something you personally want to achieve. Instead of posting one evening, you might decide to finish that book, or do a workout, or journal for a bit. And this is completely okay. You don’t need to share it on social media.
AND TO… FOCUS ON YOURSELF
Perhaps the most important point and that is to focus on you. I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I can really lose myself on social media. After scrolling endlessly for hours on end, I feel like I forget who I am almost. So taking a little time off to be in my own thoughts and my own company, I think, is so important. It doesn’t have to be for long, but taking that time to have conversations with yourself about your worth, passions, goals, dreams, and anything else, it will really create that motivation you need to get back on socials, feeling like yourself again.
I would love to know your thoughts on this post and if there is anything else you would add to the list. Why do you take breaks on social media?
Lots of love,