Why I Took A Break from (near enough) everything
Social media has a huge influence on many people's lives nowadays. A few weeks ago, I realised it had practically taken over my life, so I took a few weeks away from the timelines and decided to just enjoy everything else. The final year of A Levels are insanely stressful and this can really take a toll on every other aspect of life. This definitely isn't one of my normal posts, so please be patient with me...the best ones are on their way!
I've never been one to be very open when it comes to talking about my feelings and my mental health (and I idolise those who are brave enough) but I hit quite a low point a few weeks ago. Scrolling through my Instagram feed and looking at people whose lives are noticeably more luxurious than my own, I realised social media was one of the things that got me down. There was no determining factor or moment, I just suddenly decided to delete Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (I had to keep Facebook as that's where I communicate with my work). This was in the second to last week of February.
The absence of Snapchat lasted less than a day. It is pretty much my only means of communication when it comes to keeping in touch with my friends - do people really text anymore? - so I soon became bored of not having any conversations on the go.
I also don't want this to be taken the wrong way, I don't want to seem like I'm sat on a high horse acting prestige because that's really not the case. I have started using Facebook a lot more since deleting the other apps, so it isn't like I've stopped using social media completely. I think my problem was, I was tweeting around 5 times a day, constantly refreshing my timeline, always trying to keep up with Instagram stories, and I wasn't focussing on important things. The amount of times I would sit down to do some A Level work and I'd spend the next half an hour scrolling down my Twitter feed is embarrassing. I genuinely thought the world would end if I wasn't on top of my social apps.
Not using social media hasn't actually made a huge impact on my life. I don't have 'FOMO' like I thought I would, the only thing I think I've missed is seeing other people's blogs. On this 'hiatus' (shall we say) I actually spent a lot of time on YouTube; I've always loved beauty vloggers and I found that I much prefer watching videos like these to aimlessly scrolling down a network feed.
With stopping social media came stopping blogging. This wasn't intentional, but I decided not to post anything until my socials were back so that I could advertise them and get the views I want. I didn't see the purpose in posting blogs when only a few people would see them, because I knew that would disappoint me immensely. With that said, I've actually been blogging non-stop - probably more so than before. I've been writing like there's absolutely no tomorrow and I can't wait to get those posts out to you. Just give it time!
By the time I have uploaded this post - which was written on 7th March - I will be back up on social media (probably where you saw the link) and my blog posts will be up weekly like normal. I can't promise I will post every week because exams are getting closer and I may not have the time to make a blog post I'm genuinely happy to upload - I don't want to half-arse my posts for the sake of providing content. In terms of social media, of course I'll be posting again but I hope I won't prioritise it the way I used to. Social media isn't real life or human interaction, it's simply a bit of fun when used in a healthy way.
I really tried to shorten this post down because it had potential to be ridiculously long, so I thank you for taking the time to read something that isn't what I'd usually post. Don't worry, there are beauty and fashion bits coming up very soon!