It was my time to disconnect: How to take a social media break with intention
I admit that it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to disconnect from social media. So, on May 20th, I overcame FOMO (fear of missing out) and took a social media break with intention. There should always be an intention with everything we do in life. If not, why do it?
If you are reading this, you probably need a social media break too. But before you do, you need to ask yourself why? Here’s my why:
1. I was feeling burnt out.
2. Sad for humanity. Sure, everyone is connected online, but so disconnected with each other and themselves.
3. I lost the motivation to create purpose-driven content. Probably because I was more focused on my follower growth stagnation and pressuring myself to create more content.
4. There are areas of my personal life and businesses that needed more attention.
5. I’m trying to stay focused on my studies, specifically my wine education with WSET.
6. Leading up to my social media break, the universe was giving me plenty of signs that were hard to ignore, so I had to quiet the noise around me, listen and reflect.
And I’m so glad I did, because this social media break gave me a sense of freedom and the opportunity to get clear on my personal and business goals. Now it’s up to me to apply what I’ve learned during this disconnection period. If you are ready to disconnect from social media, here’s how to do it with intention.
How to take a social media break with intention
1. Write down your why. Why have you decided to take a social media break?
2. Delete your social media apps on your phone, so you don’t feel tempted.
3. Don’t make your social media break public (maybe just to key people).
4. Now that you won’t be checking social media first thing in the morning and throughout the day, your mind should be clear. Keep a daily journey of your thoughts.
5. Embrace being present. I had seriously forgotten what it felt like to enjoy moments without going picture happy on social media.
6. Get back in touch with yourself and your goals. Write those goals down!
7. Don’t rush to get back on social media. But when you do, remember to stay mindful of your why and goals.
Given the nature of my brands and businesses, I cannot leave social media for good, because I would be abandoning my community. And my mission still continues to be to empower and bring women together through wine. Part of this is done online. But for now, my intention with social media will be different. I admit that staying focused on my bigger goals and present for life’s moments is where I want to be right now. Plus, I prefer face-to-face meaningful conversations. So, that means I have to get my butt in gear and host more events and intimate gatherings.
Let me know if you decide to go on a social media break too. Would love to hear about it!