Social Media Detox

This year, I'm making it a goal to take some frequent breaks from social media. As a blogger and social media manager, this is no easy task. Social media is a huge - I mean HUGE - part of my daily life. It's not only what I do for work, but it's also something that I really really enjoy. 

But, even though a lot of what I do on social media is for work and for my blog, I definitely end up wasting a lot of time on it as well. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter...the list goes on and on. If there's a social media channel, I'm on it. My days are consumed by these sites and apps, and while creating content and managing all of my accounts and my clients' accounts brings me so much joy, sometimes I find myself scrolling aimlessly through feeds when I could be doing something a lot more productive. Basically, there's more to life than what goes on on social media, and I'd like to try to re-capture some of that.

That's why, in an effort to manage my time better, I'm committing to taking frequent social media breaks - a social media detox, if you will. 

Once a month, I'm going to go a full twenty-four hours without checking social media. Now, twenty-four hours may not seem like a very long time for a social media detox, BUT keep in mind that on an average day, I am checking all of my different accounts multiple times every HOUR. So, twenty-four hours off is kind of a big deal, and will actually be somewhat of a challenge for me. 

What am I hoping to get out of this? Clarity. I hope that taking time away will help me manage my stress, will give me time to re-center, connect face to face with loved ones, and work on other projects that I just never seem to have time for. I've heard so many good things about taking time away from social media, so I'm willing to give it a try. 

Have you done a social media detox before? What was your experience? If you'd like to join me in this challenge, comment below. It would be great to discuss!! 

Love What You've Got: A Reminder About Social Media

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Do what you love. With the rise of social media, we are constantly being bombarded with images and stories of people doing cool stuff, and of new things to lust after. When you spend time scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, you will see the parts of peoples' lives that they choose to share with the world. What does this mean? It means that those happy pictures and epic adventures that you see on social media are not the whole story. Rarely do people share their not-so-fine moments, their hardships, or their failures. You will probably not see too many pictures of things that are not brand new and exciting and impressive. People tend to share the most interesting, ground-breaking, and envy-inspiring parts of their lives, and it is important to keep this in mind when you feel yourself starting to feel inadequate or jealous.

We, as a part of today's society, tend to want more. We want more money, more vacations, more adventures, more peace, more clothes, more house, more cars, more hours in each day, more friends, more love, more admiration... We are constantly stressing over changing and improving ourselves - over our perceived inadequacy in comparison to the parts of peoples' lives to which we are privy through social media. We yearn to be thinner, more fit, taller, better-looking... to go on more adventures and climb bigger mountains and hike further and surf bigger waves. After awhile, it becomes difficult to just stop all of the "wanting" and think, for a moment, about all of the amazing aspects of your life; about the impressive things that you have accomplished and about all of the beautiful things for which you have to be thankful.

Social Media can be a wonderful thing in so many ways. It is great for businesses to promote their services. It can be a source of inspiration with which to look at people doing things that make them happy and that encourage you to do what makes you happy. It can be a catalyst that makes you want to try something new. It can be a platform for news, and a means of keeping in touch with people. It can be a way to learn about new gear, new products, and new trends. It can show you ways to pursue and live a healthier lifestyle. Social Media has such positive potential.

Just keep in mind what parts of peoples' lives you are seeing and realize that it is not the whole picture. Take inspiration from what you can and allow yourself to be motivated and to strive to better yourself. But also, remember who you are and remember all of the amazing things that you have done and that you will do. Keep in mind the wonderful things that you have and be thankful for them. That is a sure-fire way to a satisfied life. Don't stress about the cool new things that your friend just bought and wrote about on facebook that you can't afford, or the incredible, awe-inspiring climb another friend did in Glacier National Park. Appreciate the motivation that such posts can give you and work on achieving your own sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Be proud of the life you live, and love what you've got.