You make your plans and life makes other ones for you.
I had no intentions of taking a social media break at all this summer. I blogged while on vacation and was planning to start my job, settle into my new place, and keep going with the blog as usual. Life didn’t think that was the best plan for me and I decided to follow that cue: I took a two week break from my blog and Instagram.
The break happened naturally– I would sit down to write, but I didn’t have the words or energy to say anything. To put it simply, I was experiencing complete burn out. I blogged through the school year, finals, and then my vacation. I felt like I was blogging because I had to, but I didn’t feel like I was creating content I was truly proud of. I felt like I had gotten to a point where I wasn’t being a service and I was a bit lost from my own personal mission statement of serving others, as my mind focused more and more on growth and following.
So, when life got busy and the words escaped me, a break felt like the exact move I needed to take. And, not having social media did make a difference. I could take more effort to settling into my new house and new job. I could spend time with friends and be fully in the moment, not thinking about my posting schedule. And the amazing part was that during this break, I felt my creativity skyrocket again. I constantly was having ideas for blog posts and Instagram photos and stories. I felt like I could see why I started blogging again: to share my life in the hopes of helping someone else.
So, I recommend taking a break every once in a while. In a culture that praises hustling and hard work, taking a break feels almost impossible. But, when you push yourself constantly, you burn out. You need the break to recharge and find your direction again. You might find yourself feeling better than you ever did at the end of it.