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!