If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed my absence this past week. I took a week to detox from social media. To completely focus and allow me to be in a state where nothing distracted me. It was also perfect timing and opportunity. Axel was away on a work trip in Augsburg, Germany. If you are someone like me who likes to spend time scrolling through Instagram feed, then you and I can agree that social media is time-consuming.
These past few days, I realized that I often don’t get to notice the beautiful things that surround or happen around me. And this is because I am spending so much time and constantly feeding myself with what is going on social media. Or, even checking how many likes I have got from that recent post on Instagram. You see, it’s very addicting and often, some of these things that make me so glued to my screen are not relevant and don’t add so much value into my life.
During my one week detox from social media, I learned three things that I am sharing with you:
Don’t forget to live the moment.
I am very obsessed with capturing pictures and like to share them both on snap chat and Instagram stories. Instead of snapping everything away, I tried fully experience, enjoy and live the moment with all my senses.
The importance of learning something new.
Besides getting all the unfinished work that I have been putting on hold done, I chose to learn to how to play around with lighting when I am out shooting my blog pictures and so far, so good. I’ve also been taking notes of how the light bounces on different buildings in the city. I’m looking forward to better weather for more practice and master light during different times of the day.
Getting in touch with myself
I am constantly thinking of when and what to post on my social media. My creative juices aren’t always flowing. And, moments like this can make me feel so overwhelmed and completely forget where I am and what I am doing. So, instead of worrying about what I should post, I spent time getting in touch with myself. I sat by the fireplace mostly in the evenings doing nothing completely. It was at these moments that I enjoyed every single deep breath I took. And now, I feel a great sense of joy in my heart and freedom and hope to continue this way because it’s truly a nice feeling.
My final thoughts: I honestly can’t completely avoid social media. I use it often for connecting and sharing my thoughts with you especially here on my blog. But, I am going to take full control of how much time I use on social media.
Thank you so much for reading!
Photography by me, Michelle