I apologize for the lack of posts lately and while I JUST started my blog, I’ve been insta-blogging my outfits for quite some time. Until recently, I’ve decided to decrease my social media engagement and unplug on the weekends to spend more time with my family. It has actually been easier than I thought it would be. There are a myriad of reasons why unplugging for a short while, at least, is a good idea for your well-being:
1. Fight the fear of missing out
We are so involved in each other’s lives that sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate our own. We photograph everything – our outfits, our scenery, our food and heck, even pretty tile floors are a thing now. We are so worried about missing out in each other’s lives that we forget to live in our own precious moments. Unplugging, even for a short period, will teach you to find content in your present space.
2. Increase your happiness
I know, this is a weird one. We’re so connected to the outside world through our tiny little screens so often that it’s hard to believe that it actually doesn’t bring you happiness. It may, provide short term fulfillment, but you may also foster feelings of negativity and disappointment. It’s human nature to feel jealousy and envy, but when we are constantly glued to our phones that we are inviting ourselves to compare with one another and making ourselves feel less adequate – that’s a problem worth discussing.
3. Strengthen your relationships
This is a good one and not just pertaining to social media but also our reliance to technology and how complacent it has made us. My best friends and I communicate all the time. At some point we realized that while we are always communicating with one another and keeping with up each other’s lives, we are doing all of this via text. We made a decisions to at least try and call one another, even out of the blue, and spend at least ten minutes having a conversation over the phone instead of texting. You’d be surprised how you’ll feel after your ten minute conversation versus ten minutes of texting.
4. Better time management
I can’t begin to tell you how much time I spend on my phone – though it is much much less than before. The 15 minutes I spend catching up on my Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat feeds – I could have been doing something more productive from a long list of to-dos I have everyday. Now, imagine that 15 minutes a day multiplied for one week – that’s 1 hr and 45 minutes we could have spent our time doing something productive that actually provides a sense of accomplishment.
5. Experience never repeats itself
This may seem a bit cliche, but it’s true. While we’re immersed in our phones, apps, laptops – our lives are happening right in front of us and these experiences will never repeat themselves. Unplugging from social media allows us to live in the present, build relationships and enjoy the company that surrounds us. These conversations are unfiltered and authentic. The expressions, the feelings, the emotions are all real – and we’re missing out on them.
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