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!