Have you ever considered a social media break? There are just a few hours between me and 8 days without internet … and I’m ecstatic. I’ve never been one to turn everything off during a vacation, but our Disney cruise has limited wireless. A social media break couldn’t be coming at a better time! Instead of my Friday Favorites, here are 5 reasons why I’m excited to be offline.
I want to Challenge Myself
Do you think I’ll be rendered helpless without Instagram? Do you wonder how I’ll manage without Facebook? And what will I do if I can’t blog?! I actually talked about not being able to turn off “work” last time I traveled, and that realization is what prompted this break. Challenging myself to turn off all connections to the outside world is something I NEED to do. I’m too reliant on my blog and social media and need to prove that I can do without it.
Social Media Hurts Sometimes
Lately I find myself feeling hurt by social media. Whether it’s a fellow blogger promoting a brand that turned me down or attending an event I wasn’t a part of, my feelings suffer. My self esteem is at an all time low because I’m letting the jealousy, green eyed monster, rule over me. There is absolutely NO reason I should feel as I do, but I can’t control it lately. So a break from social media will hopefully renew my personal confidence.
I Need to Recharge
A week off from my blog and social channels will allow my creative juices to replenish themselves. My mind and body have been so busy that I have trouble formulating sentences at times. I cannot wait to rest and recharge with my family.
Last weekend I promised I would be more present in my family’s life as we celebrated a few important birthdays. It felt AMAZING to not have my phone in my hand the whole time, unless I was taking photos. I am taking a vacation with my husband, our daughters, and my in-laws for the first time ever, so it is absolutely necessary I’m not distracted by the rest of the world for everything. My family should know how important and thankful I am for this time together, so I’m going offline.
I Deserve a Break
Considering I not only blog, but also work for a PR/Marking agency requiring me to be on social media – I deserve a break. Everyone deserves a week off and this is my turn to take it. It’s a blessing in disguise I cannot access the internet! I’ve never looked forward to reading a book and people watching more in my life, especially because they’re two things I love to do that I don’t do enough.
Let’s be honest for a moment… I won’t be completely turned off from the world until our ship sets sail into the big blue ocean. My family and friends want to make sure we arrive to Florida in one piece. Another truth: I’ll try to post on Instagram whenever I get a chance, just so family knows we are okay.
The final truth: I won’t be looking to read or check in on anyone through social media. I’ll put my phone away and spend quality with my family. It’s time to give myself some grace before I’m burnt out entirely.