A few weeks ago I took a week-long vacation away from the city, my job and this blog. I also decided to disconnect from my social media accounts. I felt the need to refresh and recharge by unplugging from the media we are so addicted to. (Admitting this is hard but let’s face it-we are all addicted!) When we hit the road for our hometown, I signed out and deleted my Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat apps. The only way I could fully commit to this was to go cold turkey!
It’s hard to unplug when everyone is so connected to everything. Take for instance breaking news. With Social media, all you have to do is log on to see anything! I found myself not caring to see any news or what was popular on my news feed during my hiatus. Most of it is junk any ways. It allowed me to really enjoy my trip and the time spent with both my families. So how did I take a break? How did I survive my disconnect from the “world”? Here is how I took an unplugged vacation:
- Delete ALL social media apps. Seriously the only way I could succeed at this challenge was to delete apps from my phone. I subconsciously go to the apps every time I am bored or need to pass the time. Without the apps on my phone I cut off that opportunity. (I have to admit though I did keep Instagram but barely used it at all.)
- Turn your laptop off or leave it at home. If I shut my computer off, I most likely will be too lazy to turn it on and use it for things like social media. During this trip not only did I leave my laptop at home, Judd left his iPad at home. It was nice being just the two of us without any distractions of our devices to get in the way. Make it harder for yourself to default to checking social media after all it is a challenge!
- Bring a journal on trips/vacations. I write A LOT especially on vacations. I like to keep track of what I do each day and any memories that I feel I may forget. The joys of disconnecting can bring old forms of communication back like writing letters, calling family on the phone and just spending quality time with those you love without being distracted.
It’s amazing what a little break will bring! I found inspiration everywhere once I disconnected. By the 3rd day of our trip, I found myself coming up with blog posts out of the blue. I took out my notebook and wrote out what would become my post on Food & Wine Festival. I felt inspired being unplugged from everything. I payed more attention to the world around me. I dedicated myself to just living instead of documenting and posting every single aspect of life. This of course is something I need to work on. It’s nice to keep up with friends and family from back home and around the country but there should be a limit to that! Would I do this challenge again? Absolutely! I felt refreshed once I got back in town from vacation and didn’t feel the sudden urgency to check social media. There was no panic to see the latest on my news feed. I was very chill about it once I logged back in. That’s how it should be: nonessential.
Have you ever disconnected from devices/social media? What did you learn? If you haven’t would you try disconnecting? Share with us!