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Have you ever heard of the quote:
‘Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you’ – Jordan Page
This quote is so powerful and true! I hear over and over again how overwhelmed moms are nowadays. And I absolutely blame most of it on Social Media and the way we constantly compare ourselves to Sally next door who seems to have it all together (spoiler alert, she doesn’t). So what’s the best thing to do and feel better?
Yes, unplug! Take a Social media break and focus on what is important! I took a month off of Instagram, and let me tell you, it was A-MA-ZING!
What I learned from my break
- You will have so much time! Seriously. The amount of hours I gained by not using Social Media has been insane. Because even though I have a lot of boundaries in place, Social Media takes time. From scheduling, creating content and writing captions to just endlessly scrolling. It just takes a lot of time. And that is okay when it is part of your business (like it is for me), but it’s always great to evaluate whether you really need to spend as much hours on the platform as you currently do.
- You will sleep better. This was a fun surprise for me, but it is actually true. The amount of information you receive on Instagram keeps your mind busy all day (and night) long. Especially at night if you have the habit to quickly scroll through SM one last time. Because, you’ll have a hard time falling asleep if you just read about something that happened.
- You will feel better. This has everything to do with the fact that we constantly compare ourselves to others online. We see people’s highlight reels on Instagram or Facebook and immediately compare it to our lives. It will feel like our lives are so much worse. When the truth is; it’s not. People on Social Media just don’t film their fights with their spouse, yelling at their kids or having a good ugly cry when it all gets a little too much.
(Read my recent post on Mom guilt and not comparing yourself to others.)
- It will give you time to think about what is truly important. This ties in with the first point, but having one less thing on your plate will create more time to evaluate what is important to you. Is it really important to spend an hour a day to catch up on Suzie’s life?! Or could you spend that hour to read God’s Word, build a business, take some time for yourself or make memories with your family?
It is safe to say, this past month has been amazing for our family and gave me a lot of insight into how I want to move forward using Social media.
Have you ever taken a conscious decision to take a break? Share your experience below!