-You Come Out with a Clear Mind
I can certainly say, my mind feels more clear. The vision of my future feels aligned with Gods calling for my life, and this all came from just being still and listening to what was truly on my heart. I spent a lot of time writing down my short and long term goals and how I was going to go about achieving them. I mediated in the morning and at night (something I rarely did before the break). I still had some low moments where I cried, but I allowed myself to feel all the feels no matter how dark they were. This just helped me feel whole again, as I’d been suppressing a lot of my pain.
-Focus on more Self Care Activities
During my break, I focused on self care activities. I took more baths because they’re just so relaxing. I meditated every morning, and indulged in more reading. I was reminded of those self-care activities that bring me peace and solace. It was comforting and I owed that to myself.
-It forces you to spend my time with your thoughts/feelings
Let’s be honest when we’re bored, we tend to pull out our phones and scroll through IG or Facebook for entertainment. We already consume so much content within a day. If you’re not careful with the content you consume, it could be detrimental to your mental health instead of adding value to it. Since I was on a break I was almost forced to sit with myself and my thoughts. During this time I uncovered some hidden feelings that I’ve been suppressing. I also gained more clarity in some areas of my life. I was overwhelmed with clarity by the end of my two week social media break.
-It also forces you to engage in the other activities you enjoy more
When we let go of the things that consume most of our attention, i.e social media, it allows us to focus on engaging in those activities we love. I allowed social media to distract me from where my true interests lie. I enjoy reading, learning a new skill, reading scripture, and working out to improve my mental health. Before I took my break I really wasn’t doing any of that on a consistent basis, and it showed. It felt like a chore. I always loved learning, but that part of me felt lost and non existent. I looked at it as more of a burden than something that fires me up on the inside. Since taking my break I don’t have that feeling anymore. I hadn’t realized how mentally and emotionally drained I was. Normal activities that I found interest in were no longer interesting to me anymore. It felt good knowing that my only priorities for the day were to work on ways to improve my mental health and focus on my goals.
Everyone’s relationship with social media may be different, however I would consider taking one if you have been feeling mentally overwhelmed and stressed lately. Studies show social media use can lead to depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, body image issues, plus many more. Don’t ignore your feelings. Great Mental Health is wealth! Be cognizant and take care of yourself. I hope you’re encouraged to take one after reading about my experience. Do you take social media breaks, if so how often?
I would love to hear how you felt after you took your social media break.