Friday, 14 December 2018

What My Time Off Instagram Taught Me

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When this blog post goes live, I won’t have posted a photo on Instagram for almost a month, which is a little crazy. I took some time off Instagram and you know what, it feels good. I even deleted the app from my phone for the past two weeks to truly have a break from Instagram. I honestly thought that I would find it difficult, but I really haven’t. I have kind of loved it. That is not to say that I don’t want to use Instagram ever again, but not missing the app proved that the time off was obviously much needed. I wanted to stay off it until I felt like I really wanted to use it again, until I was excited to have it back.


If any of you are thinking of taking a break from Instagram, whether you are a blogger or not, I highly recommend it! It is good for your mind, soul and reminds you to live your life in the moment and to stop scrolling mindlessly through the app at other people’s lifes. You would be lying if you said you never felt bad about yourself or jealous from seeing a photo of someone else on instagram, whether you have compared yourself to others appearance, their clothes or even their life. It isn’t healthy. 

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It can also feel hard to keep up sometimes, when other bloggers are able to post photo’s day in and day out, in different locations with new outfits and are therefore growing much quicker than you are. It can be slightly frustrating. But I have realised that I need to remember, that for some people Instagram and Blogging is their full time job. They have time to do it every day. But I work full time in a job that I love, that I am good at and that makes me happy. When my work is really busy and I am staying late, to be honest the last thing I want to do is think about what to post on Instagram, what to write a caption. I sometimes just don’t have the brainpower left over to do anything else except eat dinner and watch friends on the sofa. Anyone else?

Coat: Missguided | Top: Bershka | Trousers: Topshop | Boots: ASOS | Sunglasses: H&M | Earrings: Accessorize

My time off Instagram has made me realise that there is so much more to life. I have unfollowed a lot of accounts, and vouch to have a more positive attitude towards the app. I have always loved taking photo’s and creating my Instagram feed, no matter how small it may be and that is what I need to remember sometimes. To stop focusing on the likes, stop letting the numbers bother me and just have fun with the app. I want to follow positive people that inspire me or make me smile, post photos that I want to post, when I want to post them and I don’t want to feel pressured from it at all.

I am excited to finally download that Instragram app again and start posting some festive photos in the run up until Christmas!


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I would love to know what your thoughts are on Instagram these days? Would you ever think about taking a break from it all?

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  1. I just took a 2 week break from IG a few days ago and I honestly didn’t miss it at all! I realized how stressful I’d feel sometimes for no reason, and having a full time job meant I’d barely have time to post. I can definitely relate to everything you’ve said, I’m focusing more on creating content that growing my page now xx

    amerzwithlove.com

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    1. Love that! I think if you enjoyed your time away then it was definitely the right thing to do. it's always going to be there, so we shouldn't feel like we have to be present on it every day of every week! xx

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  2. I completely agree with you on the whole being genuine on IG. I, too, have gone through my IG and unfollowed accounts that don't inspire me or that belong to people that I don't know (back in the day it was all about following people for the sake of following). I've decided to only post content that I enjoy/like. Thanks for sharing your experiences and I'm glad taking a month off of the app did make you feel good. :)

    xx, Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com

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    1. Glad you agree! I think it is so important to choose what you should consume. Don't consume content that doesn't make you happy! Love this!! xxx

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  3. I took a break from social media in November and December as well. A much needed break to focus on my health and switch away from my phone.

    I have a hate/love relationship with Instagram. Some days I love it, other days I think why am I mindlessly scrolling and comparing my life to others. It's good to take a break every now and then!

    Zoey | https://www.zoeyolivia.com

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    1. That is great, such an important step to do sometimes for your health! I totally get where you are coming from. Definitely try not to compare your life to others, just remember people only show photo's when they look their best and a highlight real of their life! xxx

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