Social Media Detox

I took a Social Media/App Detox yesterday and it was incredible!  I actually took a break from a lot of things and decided to have a fun day!  If you haven't done that in a while, I urge you to take a look at your calendar and block off a day within the next month.  

First, I got my Fitbit steps in my going for a 3 mile walk around the local lake.  Then, I met friends for brunch.  We went to the uber chic Cheesecake Factory which is actually the perfect destination when your friends have 2 kids.  After that I met another friend and we headed up to Portsmouth New Hampshire for the afternoon for some old house tours, cocktails, and seafood. 

This isn't one of those posts where I want to talk about how fabulous my life is and share pictures of the fabulous things I did.  In fact, I don't have any pictures from that day because not only did I give up social media for the day but I also barely used my phone at all.  

The biggest benefit of the social media detox was really being in the moment.  I didn't have to worry about grabbing the perfect picture to share.  This was especially liberating during a Historic Home tour in Portsmouth.  The tour guide specifically pointed out that no photos were allowed.  And while I was initially annoyed, I was able to let that negativity go because I wasn't going to share the photos anyway. 

Later at dinner there was a beautiful sunset over the water, but my friend and I were having some amazing conversations and I could fully participate and listen.  She had 100% of my attention.  I wasn't worried about getting the perfect lighting and layout of the picture.  

It was nice to give my photography brain a break and just be in the moment.  

I also got a break from checking email, Facebook news feed, and Instagram feed.  It's funny that I actually had less of a fear of missing out when I wasn't checking those things.  I guess that's the point.  You don't know what you don't know. 

I know that the more Detox Days I schedule the more enjoyment will come of them.  Too far and in between and its almost too jolting to the system.  

Give yourself permission for a 24 hour Social Media/App Detox and let us know how it goes in the comments below!