Social Media Detoxes Are Good For The Soul

In the world of blogging, if you don’t market yourself properly, you won’t get the following you deserve. In my personal life, I let go of social media (minus Facebook) because the battle of comparison was way too much. Not only that, but my life didn’t feel like my own. Nothing was left to mystery but I also liked the attention. It was a vicious cycle & I wanted to be free of it.

Once I started blogging, I saw the benefits to having different platforms to share my work. All the self help articles to blogging say it’s the best way to increase traffic. But to what cost? I felt myself slipping into the habits of wanting to look perfect on Instagram & take the best photographs. Everyone else makes it look effortless. But I find it to be a waste of time. As a minimalist, I want to live in the moment more. Constantly browsing through social media sucks that time from you. So I had to reevaluate my purpose for these platforms & be my authentic self.

Instead of feeling the need to post photos of my day, I want to solely stick to the blog posts I write & inspirational quotes. If that means I lose followers, it is what it is. I’d hope people would enjoy the authenticity and stay around. But my main goal is to share my writing. Twitter has been a good way to do that. It’s just my link & no other extra fluff to it.

Take a Step Back

When I deleted most of my personal social media in 2016, I felt free. It became annoying when I would go out, friends would Snapchat me without me knowing. I didn’t want that to be out there. I wanted to enjoy the night unplugged. The best parties & events are the ones where you take no photos. The times where you are so engaged in the moment, the thought of documenting doesn’t even cross your mind. I love to take photos. But I do it for myself & not to prove a point. I know I have a great life. I don’t need to prove it to anyone.

The Comparison Battle is Ruthless

It’s so easy to look at other people’s lives & highlight reels & think you aren’t enough. This is why stepping away from social media some is healthy. You can then connect with yourself better & know your true worth. It’s good to be different. I’ve seen this even in the blogging world. There’s so many blogs out there. Everyone is unique & I think the ones that are truly successful are the ones that stay true to themselves. It shouldn’t be about follower count. It should be fun & inspiring. Readers see though fake content. Eventually you have to be real. Might as well start that way.

I Gained A Happier Mindset

When you let go of technology you let go of the unnecessary distractions. Minimalism is much more than decluttering. It’s a mindset shift into living with intention & appreciating the people around you. Social media seems to keep you connected. But how many of those “friendships” are real? It’s superficial in the grand scheme of things. I promise you when you look up from your phone, you realize all the precious time you are wasting. So log off. You’ll be happier.

Over the weekend, I took part in the #digitaldetoxday movement of being more present & stepping away from social media for a while. It was liberating. I spent the weekend with my boyfriend shopping for home decor & watching New Girl & The new Mulan movie 🍿. 😊 #iamwhole

60 thoughts on “Social Media Detoxes Are Good For The Soul

  1. “Instead of feeling the need to post photos of my day, I want to solely stick to the blog posts” – SAME!

    I created separate social media accounts for my blog. And I rarely open my personal accounts these days. It’s clearly different in the blogging community.

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    1. Definitely. I haven’t been on my personal Twitter and Instagram account for a while now because I find it annoying. I’m supposed to post the perfect picture, have a great feed and all that and I really can’t keep up.

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  2. I totally agree on the comparison game. This is true in blogging and in life. So many people just want to brag about their life – look at my new car,/house, see how many thousands of followers I have, check out this beautiful designer handbag (that I’ve been paid to post about so you will want one too). I find it easier to ignore all that stuff at my age but it’s difficult for younger people who just want to fit in.

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  3. Lovely post. I agree with the title. I get carried away with social media sometimes and it makes me feel a certain way if I’m too engrossed in it so I take some time away from it every weekend.

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  4. Yes! I totally get agree with this, social media can become so consuming and you can end up forgetting to have a good time because you’re posting. The times I would “stop” just to share on social media while out is kind of embarrassing now. Now I love hanging out with friends and not documenting it once, it means I’m giving them my entire attention! So good.

    Xx Lazygirl

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  5. Social media can be toxic and unhealthy. My hubby is high risk for severe COVID complications and so we can’t get out and explore the way that others can. As I result, I was feeling major FOMO. I try to stay off my personal social media and focus on my blog related ones. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I’ve found happiness in the simple during this time. My boyfriend and I stayed in and had dates at home. My dad is also high risk so not being able to do as many activities with my family is hard too. So I understand. I would love to do a post on simple date night activities being stuck inside your home if you would be interested? It might give you some fun ideas.

      – B 🌿😊

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  6. I could not agree more! I just took a step back from social media over the last month for so many of the same reasons. It was weird at first, but it really helped clear my head. In today’s world, it almost feels like social media is “the real world” and the real world is something else — it’s important to step back and remember that there are more important things. While I’m super aware that social media is a highlight reel, it’s still so hard not to compare yourself to others. I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with it all this last month, and I’m really happy I took a break. Hopefully people who’ve been needing a break themselves will read this and take the step back they’ve been needing! Thank you for sharing. ❤️

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  7. Woaah this is absolutely rightt. I’ve been logging out of my personal instagram for 3 years now. And my life never been this happy. There is no comparison to whoever out there, and just loving my life in every little things that happens. Thank for writing thisss☺️

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