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Jumping Offline


I love social media. I love sharing photos, retweeting my favourite blog posts or scrolling through my best friends' snap chat stories; but sometimes it can all get a bit too much.

As a blogger, I probably use it even more than most people but most days going online can make me feel pretty shitty about myself. Picture me, sat in my PJ's on a bad day, drinking a lukewarm cup of tea with my hair in a messy bun (not the cute kind though) the I'm-feeling-too-grosse-and-lazy-to-do-anything-else-with-it kind ...and then scrolling through my Instagram feed. I'm sure we've all done it before. And I can guarantee it didn't make you feel any better.

 I know people can't help it. I mean I'm guilty of it myself. But everyone is so desperate to put out the perfect image of themselves that it's so hard to remember that everyone is just like you and doesn't always have 'filtered' days. Sure, those pictures of aesthetic cappuccinos. laughing with friends and stunning ootd's are all real, but no one is like that every day. Imagine your favourite blogger or Instagrammer on a bad day. It happens. It definitely isn't pretty or instagram-worthy, but it's real life.

So in an effort to stop myself feeling rubbish about myself, I decided to set aside one day a week where I didn't go online. * insert dramatic music here!*
It sounds easy but it's really not, the amount of times that day I had just wanted to check my notifications or have a scroll though twitter was crazyyy. But... it's so worth it.

Going offline also makes you realise that there's so much more than just that and -shock horror- there's a life outside of twitter haha! Rather than scrolling though my phone for hours in bed, I could be up and having breakfast with my family, going out for a walk, being productive, going out with friends (and all without taking hundreds of pictures of ourselves just to prove we were there!) I also don't get that major 'FOMO' feeling where I see people I know meeting up or having fun, there's no pressure to be doing 'that' or meeting up with 'them' because you've got no one else's day making you worry about your own. Going offline for just one day a week has made sUch a difference to my mood and mental health honestly!

So hey. Close this blog page down and try it for yourself x


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32 comments

  1. This is something I have really been considering giving a try! I definitely spend way too much time on social media, and a lot of times it cuts into the important things that I need to be doing with my OWN life. I'd like to start setting aside an offline day, too. I do struggle with FOMO and wanting to take pictures just to 'prove' I was wherever, so I think I definitely need it. Thanks for this!

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

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    1. Definitely! FOMO is the absolute worst though x

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  2. I love having that well needed time away from the Internet, I find a lot of the time you don't realised how consumed you can become by it! Loooove

    Kim / www.sisterofthemoon.co.uk

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    1. I never use to realise just how much time I spent on it haha! xx

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  3. I've been considering going offline for a while now but I'm just too addicted to social media!

    Eleanor || www.eleaanormay.com

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    1. Ahh it's such a hard habit to break I know! You have a gorgeous blog by the way x

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  4. This is something I need to do more! I feel like we get so caught up in our phones and our online lives that we often start to compare our lives to the lives we present to the world! It's so important to just switch of for a while! Great post lovely 💕
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

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    1. 'Switching Off' like you said is so important ah! <3

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  5. I'm so glad that you've found a technique that works for you for keeping offline! I too often feel a little down from scrolling through social media, especially Instagram with its aspirational content! Well done you for tackling the issue head-on though, and making a positive change in your life!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Instagram can be the worst for when you're feeling low aha! Thanks Abbey x

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  6. Great post! First of all I love the whole look of your blog, its so cute and easy to navigate! Secondly, I needed to read this! I get really caught up in it all and today I laid in bed for 4 hours scrolling...that's awful! It would be healthy to step back. Thank you for reminding me!

    Rosie Mauu x

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    1. Awe thank you that feedback honestly means a lot! xx

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  7. Chums this is so true, I feel like social media can be great but sometimes we just need to switch off from it all. I love reading your chatty posts so much and ohhhh your literally so close to 400 on bloglovin' you are only 1 awayyyyyy!!! <3 <3 <3
    -Olivia Xxx (fellow chummy)

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    1. CHUMMYYYY!! Smiled so much seeing your comment pop through on my notifications as always xx

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  8. I completely agree with you about social media, showing the perfect image!! I don't think I could ever put my phone to the side for a day however when I go on holiday I don't have wifi and it's honestly the best break ever for a week!
    Kate xx
    http://www.luxekate.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That sounds so interesting! No wifi seems impossible to some people now haha! x

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  9. It's so true that being online so much can make you feel a little rubbish about things when you're having a bit of an off day! I love the idea of having one day offline - might even try to do this myself once a week! xx

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  10. I know I spend so much time on social media and online. Like just scrolling feeds and doing nothing else while I could be going for a walk, reading etc. Going offline would help start fresh I guess! thanks for this post! xx corinne

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  11. I do this too! So every monday night I force myself to take a break and have a nice bath and just sit and watch TV with my mum, the only night a week I actually stop working and it's SO therapeutic! x

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  12. Thanks for sharing, I spend way too much time online and I need to take a breather!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.ul

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    1. I think we all do sometimes aha! x

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  13. I have to admit it, I spend most of my day online, creeping my Timeline on Twitter, watching Instagram Stories or even watching food videos on Facebook. I probably might start taking at least a day off and do other things, like start reading a book or going for a walk... Loved the post! Thanks for sharing. X

    Jeff. | NAMELESSJEFF

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    1. Same same same Jeff! Thanks x

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  14. This is a great idea and actually, this post is SO apt with how I'm feeling today. There's been so much Twitter drama recently and I'm going away on holiday next Monday on a boat in Norfolk for the week. No laptop. No wifi. Limited internet. And you know, I can't WAIT to get away from social media for a while. I'll probably still check it and check in, post some photos etc but compared with how much I'm usually on it - literally all day, every day - I can't wait for the change.

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    1. Aww thanks so much lovely! x

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  15. Yes!! I am in admiration of you right now. Currently our society is all about a perfect instagram feed or the most retweetable tweets. We don't relize that sometimes there is a life outside of that. Love this. :)

    Nabila // Hot Town Cool Girl

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  16. I had some time offline this weekend and it made me feel loads better! x
    Sophie Cliff

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    1. I'm so glad! The difference is amazing right?! <3

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Thank you, all your lovely comments make me smile!