HI GUYS! So two weeks ago I decided I wanted to take a little social media break and observe how I felt throughout that time. I wanted to remind myself that social media is not the most important thing in my life and I wanted to take that chance to not only build friendships/relationships, but create them as well! Well here I am, two weeks later in good spirits, knowing that my social media break was most definitely needed. As I reflect, I wanted all of you to be aware of the benefits of taking a step back and recognizing the negative impact that social media has on our lives and our well-being.
What did I do best utilize my time?
- I made DELICIOUS dinners with my Jackson.
- I went on walks with Jackson and explored the town that we have lived in for several months now but still barely know (LOL).
- I cleaned the apartment…a lot.
- I was able to fully focus on my homework without worrying about what was new on my social media.
- I did some fun DIY projects from Pinterest.
- Jackson and I made new couple friends in our apartment complex!! (Our first couple friends! How exciting!)
- I went tailgating with new friends and enjoyed the crisp fall air.
- I tried to soak in every moment spent with Jackson and friends.
Why is a social media break important?
It’s hard to notice the negative effects that social media has on our lives when it is constantly available to us. So my goal in taking a social media break was to merely acknowledge, without judgement (using mindfulness), how much of my day is stolen from me because of social media. Rather than avoiding an awkward silence by shoving my face in my phone, in a sense, I was forced to make conversation, which my generation is not the greatest at. Face-to-face interaction is such an important part of our lives as social creatures and thats something we tend to forget because of social media.
My challenge to YOU
I challenge you to take the step not only in bettering your mental health and well-being, but to rediscover and reevaluate what truly matters in your life with the absence of social media, whether it be family, relationships, friendships, hobbies, school, etc. You may come to find, like I did, that we place such an emphasis on the importance of social media, but without it, life will still go on. I didn’t miss my social media like I thought I would, in fact, it was refreshing, like a weight lifted off of my shoulders.
So take that step!
Do something GOOD for your mental health and your well-being.
PUT YOURSELF FIRST! YOU DESERVE IT!
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