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24.11.17

What I Learned From My Social Media Break

Social media is a massive part of my life, and I got to the point where I just needed a break...
A few weeks back I took 5/6 days off social media. It was a Sunday evening and I had just had enough, sick and tired of feeling unproductive because I was just sat there on my phone. During my little break I realised just how much time I spend online, and that I needed to make a change.

I spend far too much time looking at a screen
Not only do I write my blog but I also work as a social media manager too, so I would say that 11 hours of my day is spent behind a screen, if not more! I know this is bad, I definitely want to educate myself further because I'm sure there's going to be some side effects from that health wise - it's crazy. Whether it's a television, laptop or my phone my little break has given me the boost I need to do more offline. I'm going to the gym now, listening to music and reading, and I already feel so much better for it.

Breaks work wonders for productivity levels and ability to be creative
Writers block is real, and for me I get a similar feeling when it comes to my photography too. Publishing endless amounts of posts, pictures to the gram and pointless tweets is incredibly time consuming, leaving no time to experience life itself. I know that sounds dramatic but having a social life offline and seeing the world often makes for better content, and helps to give you boost leaving you feeling more inspired and productive - I found it to work for me anyway!

Only share content you are proud of and would like to read yourself
I always always always try to keep this in the back of my mind. I don't feel like I've published posts I'm not proud of in general, but I haven't put as much effort into some as I would like. Whether this means posting less for me because I work full time, or just managing my time better, having a break from social media made me realise why I love it, and the main reason being able to share things I'm proud of, so it made me realise that I can't let my content slip.

I'm going to make a 3/4 day break a more regular thing, maybe once every 3 months? I felt excited to get back to blogging and social media which made me create content I'm really proud of.

Have you ever had a social media/ blogging break?

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11 comments:

  1. Sounds like it did you the world of good! I think it's so important to take a break as and when it feels you need to xx


    Lauren Rose Style: laurenrosestyle.com

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  2. It sounds like having a break was a real benefit to you

    Mel ✨
    meleaglestone.co.uk
    @meleaglestone

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  3. This is such a lovely post! I've felt like I needed to cut down on my use of my phone and screen in general, so I take breaks. There is sometimes a pressure to post, to keep people engaged and stay relevant but honestly, if it doesn't make you happy- what's the use?
    You're right about only posting work you're proud of, I'd rather not post for a while than post something that I just wrote for the sake of it. Lovely post, I hope you enjoy your days off social media! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days | Bloglovin’

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  4. It definitely seems like a break has been beneficial to you! If anything, a break every know and again, will definitely make you feel proud of your work too.
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I really want my boyfriend and I to take a social media break sometime, or maybe just have one night a week off the laptops and our phones! Both of us are really into our social medias and creating a good following but sometimes I think it takes over a bit too much. xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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  6. I love having a break every now and again, I think it is really healthy and you come back raring and ready to go!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  7. That sounds so much like me! After the summer holidays I took a break from social media, and even now, I post way less than I used to. I think it got to a point where I was on Instagram and Twitter all the time, and it was so unhealthy! I try and go for a run outside as often as possible and disconnect from everything. x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  8. sometimes i take 2-4 days break whenever i feel like i need it - it's unplanned, but yeah, it does wonders! it's so nice to not really... care? about what's going on in other people's (curated) lives every once in a while. it's why i stopped using facebook, actually!

    becky @ star violet

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  9. A break is definitely good! Sometimes we get so caught up with the routine that we forget that there is so much more besides the world of social media. I do feel guilty for taking a break as I do feel like I am slacking, but I realise that I need to take a step back and just get a new perspective of things.

    Sarah // Beautybyrah

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  10. I feel like this is definitely something that I need to do because I'm constantly on social media and stressing about it! It definitely is hard having a full time job and trying to keep up to date with your blog, but blogging for me never feels like a chore which is great, but it does stress me out sometimes (especially at the moment) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  11. Great post! I love a good digital detox every now and then.

    www.upyourvlog.com

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