I have a love/hate relationship with my Instagram. It is an amazing platform that has given me an opportunity to promote my blog and make a living while doing so. But because of this, I have to spend hours on outreach. I check it soon as I wake up in the morning, then countless times throughout the day, and before bed.
There comes a point every now and then where I’ve just about sapped all the creativity and efficiency I’ve got. My mind—and oftentimes, my mood—makes it quite clear. But it seems a bit taboo to discuss this cause, after all, I am a social media influencer. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but being constantly connected can have an inevitable side effect of always thinking of work and not living in the moment.
That is why I decided to take time off my social media while abroad. I wanted fully enjoy my vacation through my eyes (not my iphone) in Thailand and time with family in Malaysia. I gave myself 5-10 minutes to take a few videos and photos for keepsake. But I avoided posting vacation pictures until I got home which also helped me avoid another big social media mistake: over-posting. Waiting lets me think about the top experiences and gives me an opportunity to share things that were meaningful.
Learning to unplug is becoming a lost art in our ever-connected world. But it is so necessary to live our lives fuller because of it.
How do you guys feel about taking a break and how often do you do it?
|Coconut in hand.. rocking Fauna Couture|
|Our Magnificent Elephant ‘Ni Phom’|
|Our gorgeous room at Santhiya Resort|
|Pool entry from our room|