Yes, I took a two week break from posting on social media. A whole two weeks. Fourteen days. Now, I know there’s nothing crazy about staying off social media for a couple of weeks, as it’s barely anything, right? Well, the ‘break’ was not intentional. In fact, it was the complete opposite. As some of you may know, I recently just got back (two days ago!) from an incredible two weeks in Thailand. I have so much content to write and produce all about my trip, but for right now, I wanted to tell you about my unexpected, but beneficial, short time away from social media.
Before I even arrived in Thailand, I knew I wanted to purchase a Thai SIM card, so that I could use my phone as ‘normal’, without needing to find wifi everywhere I went. I fully planned on updating my Twitter account with everything I was doing out there, moment by moment, using it like an online diary. I also planned on updating my Instagram account with photo after photo of every activity and experience as the trip went on, but I didn’t.. and I loved it.
I had full access to my social media accounts for pretty much the whole time I was away, but I chose not to post AND I didn’t feel guilty about it. Even just typing that makes me feel crazy. What being away taught me was that the world will not stop spinning just because I don’t upload a daily photo to Instagram, or tell the world of Twitter what I’m doing at various points throughout the day. I hate to say it, but I used to feel a bit stressed about trying to post at least one photo a day on Instagram, in the fear of people getting bored of my ‘inactive account’, but (other than the day that I left) I didn’t post for the whole time I was away, and I didn’t really think about it at all. If I was at home for these last couple of weeks, I definitely would’ve felt like I needed to post every day, or every other day, and I would’ve felt bad if I didn’t – even if I didn’t really have any new content, I would’ve forced some sort of photo to post. Crazy. But, here I am, with hundreds of new photos to post from my trip, and not one ounce of guilt for not uploading anything yet. I guess you could say I was enjoying the moment, which I most definitely was, and I’m hoping it’ll be something that continues for me, as it’s so easy to fall into the social media trap of feeling the need to post on every possible account 24/7. It’s okay to take a break, whether it’s intentional or not. You owe it to yourself to take a step back from the crazy online world and take some time for yourself, because at the end of the day, those who care about you will still be there to support you after you return, and if they’re not, were they ever supporting you in the first place?
Of course I will be posting some of my photos from Thailand to my Instagram account over time, but it’s not something I feel I need to rush anymore. Travelling really does open up your eyes to what is important in life, and stressing over social media is certainly not one of those things.
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