Over the past several months, I have been becoming much more aware and disturbed by the level at which social media has power over my life and mental health. Even sites like Twitter, where I’ve worked hard to curate who I follow and what kind of content shows up on my feed, often has a very negative effect on my mood and even my entire day.
My solution to this is easy: take a break from social media. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided that a 6-month hiatus should be perfect. It’ll probably take me at least a month just to shake the urge to constantly share what I’m doing or what’s on my mind. Ideally, by that point I’ll have no issue going as long as necessary so I figured, why not the whole summer?
Then, I realized I have another problem: my lack of self-control. I have no doubt that I’d eventually cave in and go back to checking my socials within that first month. How to solve that issue? Simple: delete the accounts.
So, that’s the plan. On April 1st, 2021, I will delete my social media accounts and start 6 months of no social media then, this fall I will create all new social media accounts and start over fresh.
This is of course assuming I want to go back to social media afterwards.
In the meantime, I have plenty of things I look forward to focusing on without the constant distractions of social media. Playing with my kids more, reading, writing, painting, camping, hiking, fishing, going on road trips, practicing my ukulele, and improving my photography skills, to name a few.
I really do believe that breaking away from social media for awhile will really help my creativity and overall mental health. When (if) I go back, it can be with a lot of cool ideas and new things to share but also prepared to not get sucked into it all like I have been for far, far too long.