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
QOTD: ARE YOU AN INTERNET ADDICT OR NOT?