Every once and a while, it’s important to disconnect.
I don’t mean from work, or from life… Because often times we can’t do this. What I mean is to specifically disconnect from social media. I know what you’re going to say next… “Elysse, I need social channels for my job, I can’t disconnect!”
I get it. Social channels are becoming vital for most jobs in this day – which is okay. But sometimes you need to take a break from the ‘digital high’ to make sure you’re still living a good life, and aren’t dependent on social media likes and comments to get you through the day.
But how do you know when you need to disconnect? How often will you need to disconnect for?
In this article, we’ll give you insight on the many signs that could mean you need a break from social channels in your life. Let’s get started.
- You’re feeling less and less inspired and creative
I can personally relate a lot to this one. I’m a visual arts graduate from UBC and I love being creative. It’s been a part of my life since I was a kid, and need to have some sort of creative outlet to keep myself sane. From time to time though, I find myself having creative blocks and setbacks – and it’s because I had been spending the majority of my time on social channels, and not working on projects.
It’s easy to do. My personal vice is Instagram. I love flipping through images, finding recipes, seeing fitness goals and especially looking at adorable puppies. It’s not a bad thing, but the moment it gets in the way of your goals – it’s time for a cleanse. In moments like this, I like to take a few days to get my priorities organized. From here, I give myself time limits to be on social channels. Instead of spending a few minutes here and there, I’ll devote 20 min before bed to check out my friends and followers latest posts.
Giving yourself time constraints makes it easier to devote time to the important things, and still have the social escape you want and need!
- You spend spare moments in your day browsing social channels out of boredom
I know a lot of you can relate to this. If you’re spending spare moments in your day scrolling through Facebook, then you should probably be taking a break from social media. Leering, and snooping on pages and not even commenting. It’s unhealthy and kinda creepy (one girl’s opinion…) Spare moments in your day should be devoted to either taking a break or putting down the devices. Doing things that matter.
Dan Dowling, a writer for Entrepreneur.com wrote that “Success is a combination of dozens of small habits. Each of your programmed responses either pushes you forward or pulls you back. Reaching for your smartphone like a zombie doesn’t scream success.”
It’s a habit worth breaking, because it’s probably going to be affecting your success levels. So instead of reaching for the phone, tablet or computer to mindlessly scroll through Facebook – grab a book, or pick up your phone to have a conversation with a friend you haven’t chatted with for a while. Do something with more value, because mindlessly scrolling doesn’t add value to your life… and honestly… it’s a little unnerving.
- You’re getting more behind on goals
Another sign that you need to take a break from social media is that you start falling short on all of the other goals you’ve been striving for.
In the last few months, I’ve fallen short when it comes to a lot of my goals, and it’s because I’ve become so comfortable with my current habits – even though none of those habits are leading to good outcomes. I spend about 45 min before falling asleep just violently scrolling through Reddit, which probably isn’t good for my brain right before sleep. The better option? Pick up a book, or listen to a podcast. Endlessly scrolling through social media has the ability to throw you off your daily structure, which inevitably will throw you off of your goals.
To stay on track with your goals, and personal growth – take less time to scroll through your social platforms, and spend time being a real life human.
If you’re finding yourself seeing some of these signs, it might be important to reassess how you’re living your life with social media. I’m important to have balance in your life. The point of this article isn’t to scare you away from social media or spending time on social channels – it’s to make you aware of the time you are spending on different networks, and how it’s impacting your life.
Take me as an example. Over a year and a half ago, I deleted my personal Facebook page and JUST have a professional page. I don’t add friend or family… but just focus on having clients and professional connections. Why you ask? Well, I found myself spending too much time scrolling through content that didn’t provide me with value. I was getting too much negativity than positivity. It was a personal choice, but honestly… it’s been refreshing to not check Facebook all the time.
I still have social channels, like Instagram and LinkedIn, but I try and limit my time there, and post seldomly (especially since most posts are of my giant dog.)
The point is, don’t delete everything just because you’ve read this article… but consider looking into the impact that these channels are bringing your life. If they’re positive and helping you achieve goals… awesome! Keep doing what you’re doing. If you’re finding yourself losing focus, being distracted and falling into lulls… consider taking a break. You might need it more than you think.
“Elysse Bujold started her career at Disney Interactive Studios, where she grew on a project team advancing initiatives for the company. To further her professional growth and development, she then decided to join StreetText – an online platform for Real Estate Lead Generation using Facebook Ad Marketing. Over the last year, Elysse has been driving marketing strategies and initiatives as well as content creating. StreetText is rooted in Kelowna, British Columbia.”