Taking a Social Media Time Out

Social media is a wonderful thing, since joining Twitter in particular I have discovered an amazing community of supportive, likeminded and inspirational people.  I have learnt so much from it, and without it I know I would still be feeling isolated with my mental health struggles.  But I have got to a point where I know our relationship has become an unhealthy one, from the moment I wake up I am itching to check my feed, “what have I missed” I find myself thinking.  There have been many occasions where I have needed to get something done but I see that little Twitter icon and I cannot resist the temptation, it’s like a drug and I’m addicted, I can’t say no.  I will easily spend hours trawling online, of course social media has connected me with some brilliant content but I’ve also wasted more time on there than I’d like to admit.

A few times I have found myself dreaming of being back in the “good old days” before technology took over, I would love my children to grow up how I did, going out to play with their friends at the park instead of sitting in front of a screen all night, but how can I encourage that when I am doing the latter, and I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  I read an article recently of a mum who took a break from social media, by taking a temporary step back it allowed her to re-evaluate their relationship, to put everything into perspective.  After her hiatus, she commented that she no longer felt like she needed to know where her phone was at all times, as I read of her experience I felt myself longing to know how that would feel, I could only imagine it and that’s when I knew I needed to do something.

I have previously tried to restrict my time on my phone but it is like a weakness and I have caved in every time, so this is why I have decided to take a complete break from it, for 30 days to be precise.  I am not saying that social media is a bad thing, far from it, it has developed the world in many positive ways and will long continue to do so, which is why I believe it is beneficial to be a part of it, but I am hoping that my time away will help me to take back control and get the balance right for me going forward.

I will still be posting on my blog because this is something I enjoy immensely and I actually find it therapeutic, I don’t believe it is quite the same as the social media which currently has a hold over me, here I am able to write offline and it doesn’t distract me from living in the present moment.  I’d love to hear what you think of social media, what is your relationship like with it?  Have you taken a break from it too, how did you find it?

Katie. Xo

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5 thoughts on “Taking a Social Media Time Out

  1. I took a break for the same reasons you are. My break ended up naturally lasting 6 months. It was a GREAT 6 months. Then during the summer and getting my kiddo ready for kindergarten I realized my break wasn’t as organic anymore. Her school, dance school, school district all use social media to communicate. I was running into more issues when googling looking for local companies for help with home-owner issues – they had a Facebook but not a real website. Their Facebook page was public so I could “see” it without logging into my deactivated account but it was messy and not easy to navigate. I could definitely be an addict rationalizing my trigger behaviors. Now I am back and I feel like I need the break again! A middle ground of some sort.
    Good luck to you, you won’t regret it!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. It seems more and more people are taking a break from it, I can see why you have said it was a great time off for you, I have been quite surprised by what a weight off my shoulders it feels so far. Xo

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    1. Awh thanks for reaching out Natalie! I am missing you all too, I was so tempted to come back at the weekend but I thought no I said 30 days so I shall stick to it, it is doing me good and I feel like I’ll be able to take back control of how much time I spend online instead of it controlling me. Take care & speak soon xo

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