On Sept 27, I announced via blog that I’d be unplugging from social media for an undetermined amount of time. My original plan was to take about a week off but that would put me returning just days before a mini-vacation so I decided to extend the time out until I returned home from my trip. That said…
If you didn’t see my original blog post, you can visit that post via this link: Time Out! Unplugging from Social Media to get an explanation as to why I felt that I needed the break and why I think it’s important that people take breaks often.
As I reflect on my time away from social media, I have come to realize two things. First, a lot of what I was viewing, sharing, and interacting with was an incredible waste of time. And second, that time I wasted on social media had far more of an impact on my mental health than I realized.
Facebook in particular accounted for at least 75% of my wasted time on social media and accounted for 100% of my mood swings. Distancing myself from Facebook has been amazing for my mood and I plan to continue the occasional complete unplug in the future. In between though, moderation is key! If you haven’t done an unplug, I HIGHLY recommend taking a few days off from social media and see if you discover similar results. You won’t regret it!
Now that I’ve had some time to clear my head, I’m more refreshed and inspired than I’ve been in awhile. I can’t wait to pick up where we left off so new blog posts will be coming soon!