If you follow me on Snapchat (OwnYourGlam), you know that my cray levels have been at an all-time high. I absolutely blame the wedding for this. Although we are having a small and intimate affair, the to-do list is replete with ESSENTIAL details that need to be taken care of and as a control freak, I struggle with the concept of delegating. I CAN DO IT ALL. DAMNITTT.
How many times do we feel like this in our every-day lives? How many times do you feel guilty or disappointed because you can’t live up to your own (unrealistic) expectations?
Lets add social media into the mix, shall we?
The perfect way to exponentially worsen those feelings of inadequacy and feed an already anxious mind, is to fall into the trap of comparing your life with that on your social media threads.
We forget that the perfectly curated galleries of pictures on social media are, well, perfectly curated!
I took a two-week break from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and oh my gawd it felt good. To the point that I really don’t miss it. I stayed on Snapchat because I just couldn’t be that disconnected from da’ world and I use it to stay in touch with my family.
My anxiety levels immediately dropped upon deleting the apps from my phone. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through the endless threads of other people’s lives, I’ve been using that time to read “The Alchemist” and to catch up on other reading material. I’m wiser with my “screen time” and as a result, I feel less rushed, less busy, less anxious and less mentally drained. It’s weird. I had forgotten how things were in the pre-blogging days.
Do any of you experience the same feelings regarding social media? Don’t you feel bombarded by information ALL. DAY. LONG? What about the pressure of producing content all the time? Again, maybe it’s the wedding stress talking, but what of it isn’t? What if the mind just gets sick of absorbing and processing other people’s constant
shit message? I know this goes against everything blogging-related but just in case you’re wondering what’s really going on, this is the answer.
Upon my announcement of this social media hiatus, several people reached out to me asking if everything was okay, if anything was wrong. This struck me as odd because I realized that there was genuine concern behind this. Very much the same way as when one has a cold, or a sprained ankle. I went on Snapchat to express this and a few fellow bloggers reached out to me expressing similar feelings. I guess you just get tired and like everything else, sometimes you need a break and I strongly believe that you owe it to yourself to set some boundaries and reclaim the amount and the quality of the information you consume.
That’s all for today kids. Life is great. I’m counting down the days to the wedding like a child to Christmas and I daydream about our honeymoon in Mexico like you have no idea. I’m a little hesitant to get back on social media but I’m realistic and I know that the blog requires it for the purpose of disseminating your message. It’s all so contradicting, I KNOW.