Sometimes, you just need a break. Over the past four years that I have spent blogging, there have been many times where I have felt overwhelmed from all of the pressures of keeping up with social media, creating fresh and interesting content, and posting consistently. To be honest, sometimes I have spent more time stressing out about what to post or having good enough photos than actually enjoying creating meaningful content. This summer, I finally decided to give myself a break and take a vacation from my blog so I could truly appreciate my time abroad.
For some reason, I’ve felt uninspired and unmotivated to draft blog posts and edit photos over the past year. It doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist and always want everything I write or share to be perfect. I desperately needed some time to take a step back to think about what I want in my future. I still do want to continue blogging, but school and spending time with my loved ones has definitely become more of a priority for me. And I’ve come to realize that it is perfectly okay.
Are you thinking about taking a social media break? Here’s a few things that I learned from my social media/blogging detox…
1. Spend more time focusing on building relationships.
Relationships are hard, and social media can often get in the way of quality time with people around you. I realized that I want to spend more time focusing on my relationships with my family, friends, and boyfriend instead of constantly being glued to my phone.
2. Reevaluate what is important to you.
Remind yourself what your goals, priorities, and values are outside of social media. For me, religion and spirituality have always been an important part of my life but recently I’ve found myself straying from God and church – especially while I was on vacation in Europe and didn’t attend church for six weeks. This semester I want to try to find a new church home and get more involved with the community here in San Diego.
3. Stop comparing yourself to others.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of the comparison game while scrolling through your Instagram feed. Even while I was on my break, sometimes I would briefly open social apps and feel even more discouraged seeing my favorite bloggers and friends posting content so often. I still have to constantly remind myself that all I can do is my best and hope that my followers will be understanding that life gets in the way sometimes.
4. Enjoy every day and experience in the moment.
The biggest takeaway from my social + blogging break was to live out every experience to the fullest. During my last few vacations, I spent a lot of time working on posts and content throughout the trip, which was productive but also a little stressful. Social media break or not, I think that it is important to remember to not look at everything behind the lens of your camera or phone and appreciate what’s right in front of you.
Have you ever taken a vacation from social media? I’d love to hear about any take-aways or thoughts from you below!
( P.S. Don’t worry – I still want to share more with you about my six week Europe adventure! Please feel free to email me or leave me a comment with any questions or requests )