“Social media is only pressure if we play into it. AND we don’t have to play into it. It’s sort of a choice if you think about it.”
-Lauryn, THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL
Warning: Side effects of taking a social media break includes happiness, less stress, a sudden appreciation for life, participation in this thing called life, and people’s noses out of your lives.
I am taking a social media break. It’s definitely not as easy as I have read and such but it is definitely easier than I thought.
I hung out with a someone that I didn’t quite consider a friend and I’m not sure I do now but it was fun. When she left, my first thought was to share it on Twitter. Sharing random parts of my life has become such a habit that I think it’d take a long time to adjust.
Most people don’t notice that they are so sucked up in taking the perfect, post worthy picture, and their wants to make their lives seem better than it actually is. Or just even their need to seek self importance through the likes on their pictures.
If you are reading this and you smiled at the previous paragraph because it’s relatable then this post is definitely for you. Know this: STOP. Just stop and take a break. A one month break if need be. Your life shouldn’t revolve around people that you’d probably never meet and honestly don’t really give a fuck about you.
If you decide to follow my advice and take a social media break, below are a few tips for beginning.
1. Tell people, or at least people that are important to you. Let them know what’s going on. You don’t want your friends panicking that you are dead.
2. Deactivate your accounts and delete those apps. It’s easy to fall back into the social media craze when you have the apps staring at you and screaming for you to open them just for a few minutes, just to see what is happening.
Just no. Don’t do it. I can assure you that that few minutes would turn into hours and that’s it, you’re done for.
3. Take a few minutes to meditate: There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Don’t beat yourself up because your mind keeps wondering when it’s meant to be “totally clear.” Listen to guided meditations to make things easier for you.
It’s a good thing to replace your usual morning tradition (of checking your phone) with something else.
4. Plan ahead: Plan your routines and decide how you want to spend your days. Don’t overwork yourself just because you want to stay off your phone. Go out and have fun. Be at peace with the world once again and let mother earth hug you back into her embrace.
5. Exercise: I recently started yoga and I have to say, I feel like my joints have gotten looser. My legs just almost constantly ache now but then again, so would it if you just recently started exercising.
But I can tell you this, starting yoga has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I always feel like I’m ready to go out and take on the world afterwards (except I don’t because I don’t really have anywhere to go to).
6. Declutter: Just declutter. Declutter (I don’t know if you can tell that I love that word) your lives (delete the numbers and take out the trash), declutter your homes (minimalism is the next best thing I tell you. You don’t want to be a hoarder, trust me), declutter your minds (if you won’t remember 5 years from now then it’s not worth worrying about).
7. Readd: And I’m not just referring to fiction. Read historical books, read about our solar system and the way the universe works, read the news or about a recently excavated site. Be knowledgeable. Nobody wants a dumb bimbo, not even yourself. Educate yourself and feel proud when you know what radiocarbon dating is.
Notes: Audio books work just fine. I know people who have trouble reading.
8. And the most cliche of all, learn something new: But then I suppose this is useful advice to non-lazy people. I am currently in the process of learning Spanish. I have currently been in the process of learning Spanish for the past two years. It’s not my fault really. It’s the lazy and the procrastinator in me acting up. YOU! Could learn one word a day, or be like me and pick up Spanish. It is quite easy to learn. It’s a beautiful language. Tell me if you decide to do it. Let’s be language buddies. Something new you should learn young one. Fulfilled you shall be.
And if you are decide to go full on and just disconnect totally (no phone, no laptop, no internet) then you go and rock on.
-Yours sincerely, Z