Why I Took 5 Days Off From Social Media

I'll be honest... I'm that person that's glued to their phone, always checking social media & email, and pretty much obsessed with what my next post will be. It bothers me almost as much as it bothers the people I spend the most time with (sorry friends!!), and sadly, sometimes I don't even notice how bad I am! Which is why every once in a while, I have to get drastic and take the big step of deleting my social media apps from my phone & not logging in for a certain amount of time.

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Last week, I took 5 days off from social media for a few reasons, but one of the main reasons was this: Comparison is the thief of joy.

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These days, almost everything about Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc are about making your life look prettier, more entertaining, more put together, and overall better than everyone else's. We all fall into that trap on at least one platform and it's such a dangerous place to be, not only for ourselves but for those who follow us. I know on my end, I have the tendency to scroll through my feed for embarrassingly long amounts of time looking at what everyone else has posted and then reflecting on what I've been doing with my life--only to then usually feel super inadequate. That's dangerous. And that eventually leads to me trying way too hard to curate my life in ways that are "post-worthy" rather than 100% genuine and realistic. You know what I mean...I mean, who REALLY plates their coffee, muffin, and utensils in a perfectly lit corner of their kitchen EVERY morning?! Yet, we all do things like that to make our lives look picture perfect and then we compare that life to everyone else's, even strangers we don't even know!

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So, taking time away from the influence of filters and likes for 5 days was extremely refreshing. It wasn't easy at first because I was definitely grabbing my phone out of habit every 5 minutes, but soon, I felt as free as a dog that was finally let off its leash in a big, beautiful park. I felt free to take pictures or not take pictures during every little part of my day. I felt free to leave my phone in my purse when I was with my friends. I felt free to focus on things that matter most, like having more time to read my Bible and talk to God. 

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I want to encourage..or challenge anyone reading this to try it out. Delete your most used social media apps (or all of them) for a few days or a few weeks. I promise you, your life won't end, you won't lose all of your followers, and your business won't collapse. You'll thank me!