If you follow me on social media, you were probably aware of my 3-week absence period. About a month ago, I decided to unplug completely from the digital world. I didn’t necessarily apply a time frame to my break, I simply knew it was time to temporarily remove myself from all social media.
It all began in late-July, when my blogging work picked up massively! It felt as if I had no days off. A part of me felt invincible, successful, and prosperous. Yet the other side was overwhelmed, anxious, and slightly depressed. Highly distinct emotions right? It literally took me months to figure out all my soul really needed was a little break. It’s amazing to watch yourself thrive doing what you love, but sometimes we just need time-off.
Today I’ll be sharing with you a few great reasons why you should unplug occasionally. You’ll learn about the inspiration + insight I gained in 3 weeks. I’ve broken it down into 5 points to make this as straightforward as possible. I hope it’ll inspire you to unplug sometime too!
Developing Your Presence
What does this mean exactly? Well, do you ever find yourself out at a restaurant, event, traveling, or even exploring local attractions and documenting everything? Whether it’s directly to social media or taking 483565 pictures? If so, you’re not fully present. Even texting while you’re out isn’t being present. The art of unplugging has taught me to develop my presence at all times and places, despite the desire to share it with my followers. I managed to capture the moment simply by living in it. You can actually work on this without even unplugging, but if you’re a sucker for social media then taking a break will increase your ability to do so, I promise.
Cultivating Solitude & The Essence of Your Well Being
This is like a two-in-one. As the days went by, I found more time to dedicate toward self-care and solitude. I am a firm believer in being alone at some point in the day, even for a few minutes. No matter who you are or what you do for a living this is extremely crucial. Solitude will benefit your well-being (point #3) and thought process. To me, cultivating solitude means removing yourself from all unproductive/busy distractions; including your phone (unless you have an inspirational e-book, podcast, or music list you listen to). I personally adopted an A.M workout routine as my “alone time”. I became aware that I didn’t only need to nurture my mental health, but my well-being as a whole. If you’re conscious about what you feed your mind/body/soul, I guarantee the essence of your well-being will begin to elevate higher + blossom until you evolve, overall.
Finding Peace in Nature
Not sure if you’ve heard this before but, NATURE HEALS. I can’t begin to express how real this statement is. I’ve turned to nature at my lowest to pray, ponder, and find peace. God listens ALWAYS, and being out in the world he created simply helps me come to my senses. Unfortunately, when I became exceedingly busy this habit of mine started to cease. I found myself going out to nature less and less. However, the moment I decided to unplug I learned to prioritize Mother Nature over Mother Soul (my social media & blog name). I didn’t completely neglect Mother Soul, I still managed to work on technical aspects of my blog. I simply knew that my true inner healing was going to happen once I “logged off”. Even if you aren’t a blogger, digital influencer, or online entrepreneur, I highly suggest (especially if you’re a mom) taking time to unplug and turn to nature, your kid(s) will appreciate it. There’s nothing better than some good ol’ natural treatment for your soul anyway.
& The Best, Increasing Quality Time w. Loved Ones
This is the most essential one yet, because social media can definitely hinder the QUALITY time with your loved ones. Again, this all depends on your daily phone usage but I’m quite sure most of us in this era are obsessed with it. Kudos to those who aren’t, to those that have found ways to master the digital world without needing to unplug often! Nonetheless, I’m speaking to most of us that need a little guidance. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, not meaning to sound pessimistic but this is actual reality. I want to make sure my family gets the time they deserve! My blog career nor social media are major enough for me to jeopardize our quality time. These past 3 weeks didn’t transform me into the best mother, let alone wife. Although, it did manifest a new perspective in me! I have a better understanding of my divine role as both. With that being said, I don’t feel ashamed that I NEED to unplug to come in tune w. my senses, its human nature. It’s an evident fact that the social and digital world can distort your way of thinking if you overly use it.
*Friends: simplify your daily use of your phone, unplug when you must, and when you are online learn to utilize social media for good! Your family will appreciate it, TRUST ME.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this heart-felt post! I truly did pour out my soul here, and hope I was able to transmit that to yours. Until next time loves, xx.