If it isn’t aimlessly scrolling through Instagram when I first open my eyes, it’s refreshing my Pinterest Explore page or cycling through my other apps to see if I’ve received any NEW notifications between the seconds I had last opened them…. I know one of my biggest weaknesses is getting lost in my socials.

Especially when I’m idle or restless, I find comfort in browsing through the different apps on my phone. It’s sort of become a distraction for me or coping mechanism for when I feel anxious. I’ll scroll through a News Feed endlessly to pass the time or create a pattern of checking my email, then Instagram, then Facebook (and so on.)

I really do feel like my phone has become an extension of me. It is always within reaching distance of me. Is anyone else creeped out by that? Like, while reading this, how many of you know exactly where your phone is? Maybe you’re reading this ON your phone! Anyhow, I will digress…

I think because it’s become such a part of our daily lives, the idea of not being online or taking a break from our social media accounts seems frightening. But it’s actually nice to unplug from time to time. Being “online” 24/7 can really drain your battery so for me, I actually enjoy taking some personal time away from my socials.

I find when I’m overwhelmed, social media brings me to a darker place due to my already negative mindset. It doesn’t help me pull myself out of that feeling and it worsens my overall mental well-being during an already SAD season. So when I’m stressed, I try to reduce the amount of screen time I give myself on my phone.

After such a busy work week and a stressful bump with blogmas, I decided to have an unplugged Friday, away from the socials, so that I could spend some time recharging and preparing for the rest of the holidays (while listening to the latest Taylor Swift album, on repeat.)

Taking time for you, when you need it most (to recharge, destress, unwind, etc.) is the most important thing you can do for your mental health and well-being. With this enchanting, cottagecore masterpiece of an album dropping today, this was EXACTLY what I needed after an overwhelming endless few weeks.

Channeling my coziest cottage vibes and socially recharging!

If you took the time to read this blog post, my heart is full. How do you unplug or reset after being overwhelmed? (Also, Swift fans… what are your favorites from Evermore?) Let’s continue in the comments below (perhaps with a nice cup of coffee, heh.)

And reader, I want to thank you for reading up to this point in the post. Writing is an outlet I am passionate about, but hardly allow myself to do. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and look forward to reading future blog posts on this site. I will be posting content every day in December for BLOGMAS — so mark it on your calendar or even better, subscribe to my blog so you get alerted when the next post goes live. Also, look out for future blog/vlog videos, exclusive content and just more positive energy to float your way.

Chat again tomorrow!
Merry Blogmas!


  1. David M. Green

    I see my phone not as an extension of myself but as a tool. That allows me to write when inspiration hits. To read a book or catch up on the news while waiting in a check out line or doctor’s office. Yet best of all my social media accounts allow me to communicate with people all over the world I would otherwise have never met.

    Back when I was working my coworkers didn’t think there was anything special about me. Yet while I was working my words posted on my blog like stars shined brightly all over the world.

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      1. David M. Green

        Your welcome!

        As a Poet my mind is always busy processing tidbits of information gathered hither and yon.

        Even when I fall asleep my subconscious continues to churn out ideas.

        Always thinking and day dreaming coming up with ideas to write about.

        Before the smartphone and tablets came along i had to carry a notebook and pen around with me.

        Or repeat in my mind over and over again my poems until I could them down.

        Now all I have to do is pull my phone out,when an idea springs into my mind and within minutes a new poem is born, while it takes on average a hour and a half to two hours to write a short story.

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  2. Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle

    Like you, I find myself in that social media trap as well, always scrolling mindlessly until an hour or 2 has elapsed. I mainly disconnect only when asleep, doing chores or out in nature with friends & family, but occasionally I do sign out for a week or more at a time when I feel as if the constant use has become overwhelming or if I’m feeling sad, since like you say, social media never really improves my mood. I may smile at a funny meme, then that’s it. The cheering up is short-lived. I plan to go unplugged for at least a week after Blogmas in January 2021!

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