I’ve always had a weird relationship with social media, and the other day I decided to say goodbye and delete them.
Social media has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I do enjoy having them. But I spent too much time on them, and I wanted to change that.
Normally I’ll have a break for a week and then log back on, but this time it’s until further notice. I don’t have plans to come back, well not yet anyway.
I’ve deactivated my Facebook, deleted my blog’s Twitter and an Instagram account. I’ve deleted Snapchat and Instagram off my phone. I also archived all the photos on my personal and blog’s Instagram. The only social media I have left is my personal Twitter (for uni), Messenger (a group chat), and WhatsApp (but I never use it anyway). I already feel better in myself.
I’m not going to lie, it was a spur of the moment thing. I was feeling pretty low, and I tend to isolate myself whenever I’m struggling.
The other month I deleted my Snapchat for a couple of weeks (for the same reasons). And I felt better; I felt more content with who I was. It was refreshing. However, I didn’t talk to several of my friends.
Spending less time on my phone made me feel better about myself.
And I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and anxious about uni and life lately; so, why wouldn’t I want to spend less time on my phone?
I mean, I’ve never liked Facebook, and by deactivating my account I could still use Messenger to keep in touch with those I talk to through Facebook without having to actually worry about Facebook.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Instagram. I’ll delete it for a week or so and then download it again. I’ll be inspired by other users, but then I’ll fall into the dangerous trap of comparison.
As for Snapchat, it’s the one way I connect with most of my friends. Deleting it wasn’t a biggie as I’ve done it countless times.
I’m not sure what will happen or how long I’ll end up staying away from my socials.
But I hope that by spending time away I can get back to being me – free from fear or judgement or my own comparison – and that my productivity increases and my procrastination decreases. I want to spend more time creating content for Elysian Haze and doing what I love.
So, here we are… I’m stepping away from social media to focus on creating the life I want to create.