I went one month and 10 days without social media.
I’m officially back on Snapchat as of yesterday and I’m happy with the decision to go back.
I didn’t think I would use it again but things just moved in that direction so I let it be.
Snapchat is a great app for me to be able to communicate with you all. I currently have messages open & have enjoyed chatting with you. I like that I can post on there before I go live on Twitch or YouNow so that’s super handy.
I have notifications off so I won’t be attached to my phone 24/7 which is definitely something I’ve enjoyed about not having social media!
I still have zero intention of going back to Instagram but you never know what will happen.
Honestly it’s been such an amazing break. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have felt like I can just live my life and I didn’t have to worry about capturing a photo for everything that I did.
I made a video about why I stopped using social media (YouTube excluded, it’s my job!) so check it out. Maybe you need a break too?
My break away felt like a detox which is super refreshing. I’ve had breaks before in the past but usually never this long.
This is the longest time I’ve been away from Instagram since I got it back in 2012. Saying I was addicted was definitely an understatement. I’m just glad that I became aware of what was happening and stood back from it all.
If you’re finding it hard to focus on your life or finding that you’re always on social media when you should be working, studying, sleeping etc then I highly recommend taking a break!
For me, only the first couple of days were hard. Day one and two weren’t great. I was SOOOOO bored. It’s funny though because before I deleted the apps from my phone & deactivated my accounts I was so bored of Instagram, addicted but bored and it was controlling my life.
After the first few days the boredom went away. It wasn’t that I didn’t have things to do.. I was just missing Instagram and felt like I couldn’t live without it.
Instead of endlessly scrolling through apps I found myself doing yoga a couple times per day, listening to eBooks, cleaning, walking often etc. I was getting outside more and doing things I actually enjoyed doing and wanted to do.
I spent on average a minimum of 4 hours per day on Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter. After awhile of not having these apps anymore I found myself doing new activities and really enjoying them.
The 4 hour social media gap has now been filled with activities that are beneficial to me like yoga, reading, working on YouTube stuff and other things that I enjoy doing 🙂
I’m still not back on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook but feel free to add me on Snapchat: eloura.wild
I hope this inspires you to be more aware of how you spend your time and maybe take a break too. Would love to hear from you all so message me if you want!