Detox From Social Media

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

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10 Comments

  1. March 2, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    It is really important to allow yourself this time away from social media. I recently did the same thing and it was wonderful. Of yourse I miss my online friends during that time, but I bet we can all understand when someone just needs some time off!
    Gorgeous pics btw!

    • March 2, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      I missed my friends too while I was away. I believe good friends will always understand when one need a little break. Thank you so much. 🙂

  2. March 2, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Oh gosh, I do feel you. I feel like any free time I have is devoted to blogging related tasks and I don’t get enough ME time in the day. I commend you for taking time away. It’s not easy to do. But it’s so important for your mind and body!

  3. March 2, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Yes! It’s so important to take breaks from social media sometimes so that we can just focus on living our lives and take the time we spend scrolling through Instagram/Facebook/Twitter to work on some other things. Love this post!

    Also, love your boots!! They’re so cute and such a fun pop of color.

  4. March 2, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Social Media can take up so much of your time! I find sometimes I sit there for an hour or so just looking through what’s new and interacting and have no idea where the time has gone! I’ve started timing my use so that I get distracted on there less. We also have a rule when socialising with others in person that phones get put away… and then makes a big difference (sometimes our friends band together, all put our phones in the centre of the table and agree that whoever touches theirs first buys the next round… seems to work pretty effectively!) 😉

  5. March 4, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I think for me, being at work 9-5 I don’t get to be on social media as much as I used to before I started work. It is good to take a break because girl it can consume you. Sometimes I even stretch myself to next level perfectionism just to deliver epic shots for insta but really when it gets to that I take a step back and chill. Its not that deep lol.

    Shall we address these shots though. WOW i am really proud of you luv. I am coming for those boots.x

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  6. March 7, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Michelle,
    Im with you on the detox. So necessary! And then you come back totally refreshed and ready to bring on more content.
    PS: In love with the photos in this post!

  7. March 17, 2017 / 11:43 am

    This post resonates with me greatly. Digital detox is like a breath of fresh air, I find so much joy in just living some days without the need of sharing stuff on social media, even if the event taking place or food I’m eating is totally Instagram worthy. Beautiful post!
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