Stop and Smell the Roses Social Media Summer Break {Style Savvy Sara}
Posted on July 28, 2015

{social media summer break}

lifestyle/ ramblings

Recently I took an unexpected pause from blogging and social media, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed.  Keep reading to find out why I took a social media break and why you should try it too.

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  Growing up in California my favorite season was summer, even though it seemed like summer all year long there sometimes, haha!  Summer is all about vacations, traveling, or just taking a break from the typical day-to-day routine.  I unexpectedly took a “summer vacation” from every form of social media this last week.  I wasn’t blogging, tweeting, pinning, snap chatting, or instagramming.  It was sudden and unannounced, so I’m sure it seemed like I had given up on Style Savvy Sara all together.  It started out as a necessity, but as time went on I just gave into it and embraced my time unplugged.  Turns out it was what I needed to do at the time for more than just myself, but also for my family and for Style Savvy Sara.  So I’m sharing a few reasons why I’m glad I took a break from social media, and why you should try it too:

1. Life is busier than you can handle.  The main reason I went digitally M.I.A. was because recently my family life got insanely busy.  My Aaron got into TWO car accidents (both not his fault) within a week of each other.  Thankfully he is fine now, but it was pretty scary and dealing with other people’s car insurance companies is one of the worst things ever.  On top of the intense car accident drama, we bought a house! Closing on a home, packing, moving, unpacking, and becoming first time home owners takes a lot of time and energy.  Thankfully we had family and friends help us with our big move and now we are semi-settled into our new place.  I love our new home, and I can’t wait to share room reveals (and a whole lot of DIY before/afters) here on Style Savvy Sara in the near future.

Obviously I have had a lot going on over the last week or so (on top of my typical everyday to-do list as a wife, mother, and an adult), and the fact that we didn’t have wifi for five days sort of forced me into a social media sabbatical.  As much as I wanted to keep blogging and participating in social media, I knew it would be less stressful if I waited until life calmed down a bit.  So if your life is crazy like mine has been (or even crazier!), taking some time away from social media can give you more time for other (probably more important) things.

2. You’re creating negative thoughts about yourself.  Social media is known to cause feelings of loneliness and depression.  Studies have shown how constantly viewing other people’s highlight reels (i.e. Facebook and Instagram posts) can make you feel pretty darn bad about your normal every day life.  It can get to all of us sometimes.  We all have good days and bad days, but almost everyone only publicly shares about the good ones.  I’ve noticed that on days where nothing goes as planned or all I’ve done is constantly deal with tantrum throwing kids in my sweats, I am more likely to let social media negatively affect how I view my own life.  I love seeing others’ pictures of tropical escapes and perfectly styled outfits, but when I begin to notice that it’s getting the best of me, I know it’s time to step away for a bit and focus on what I have to be thankful for in my life.  Don’t let your sources of motivation and inspiration drag you down, so if you need some time to readjust how you’re viewing your life versus everyone else’s, take it.

3.  You get stuck in a creative rut. This applies mostly to those who create digital content, but can be relevant to anyone who tries to stay current in an ever-changing social media environment.  It’s good to remember why you started your account/blog/brand.  Was it to connect with people? To share your unique ideas and voice?  Every so often I get caught up in social media to the point that I worry that what I share is on point and likable…but then that’s when I become just like every other blogger and social media user.  I didn’t start this to copy other people’s work, but to share my own work from my point of view.  Taking a break from social media has helped me realize what is important to me as far as Style Savvy Sara goes, and that I want to inspire my readers with consistent content that I intentionally create with quality and from my perspective.  If you feel like you’re stuck in a creative rut or have writer’s block, unplugging and focusing on yourself can help you find your passion and voice again.

It might seem scary to unplug from the digital world for a while, but I promise it will still be here when you come back.  Hopefully you will find yourself a better person for it and your life and personal relationships will improve.  So give it a shot and tell me how it goes!

xo, Sara

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