Living in a hectic city is tiring. Living in a small town or village, I’m sure is tiring too. It’s become very fashionable for millennials to be seen as busy and I think it’s because a lot of the time we’re accused as being lazy, avocado toast eating, rent lovers that need to stay off the internet and get ‘real’ jobs. Whatever the fuck they are.
But millennials are the hardest working group of people I know.
A lot of my friends are in post-graduate education, working part time jobs on the side or freelancing to earn a bit of extra cash. They’re incredibly determined and the amongst the brightest people I know. It’s great to be busy and have a lot going for you.
But it’s equally great, if not at times, better, to give yourself a break.
I began freelancing as a social media manager in December last year and I enjoyed it for a few weeks. The money was great and the hours were short. But I was working 7 days a week (because social media never stops). Plus, I didn’t have much creativity because I was still getting used to the brand.
But two weeks into the role and I went to Morocco for a vacation.
It wasn’t much of a vacation because I was still committed to working everyday. Sure, I had a break from my MA and didn’t touch Uni work. I got to soak up the sun and went out on a couple of trips with my boyfriend but I was still working.
Suddenly, being ‘busy’ and having this great freelancing gig wasn’t so great anymore.
Seven months later and I hand my last deadline in tomorrow — at least until December when my final project is due. But that’s very far away in the future. Now I’m in a part time social media role, which is turning full time next week and I had the absolute delight of taking one week off in Fuerteventura to finally switch off after five months. The difference between that week in Fuerteventura and Morocco was astounding.
I know a lot of people complain about social media. A ‘digital detox’ has become the new trend, but I still went on social media everyday in Fuerte, but because it wasn’t work it was fun. It’s been a long time since logging onto Instagram was fun for me, but I’m glad my love of it is back.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is this. There’s a lot of hate towards social media at the moment, especially Instagram. Engagement and followers are down and for bloggers this is incredibly disheartening. But try to get some distance from it, even if blogging is your job. Truthfully, if a social media manager can do it, a blogger can! Try to treat social media for what it is. Social. Engage with people, comment and like other people’s content even if it isn’t particularly polished or has a great Lightroom filter on it. Try, for a little while, to stop treating social media like a job and maybe then the enjoyment will come back. It did for me and, as a result, my engagement is higher than its ever been.
My digital detox was not intentional. I didn’t go away thinking that I’d only have 15 mins per day on social media. I didn’t pay for someone to take my phone away and fill me up with yoga and meditation classes instead. My detox happened naturally and I think that’s why it worked. On some level I must have known I needed a break and now I feel much better going back to it than I did after my trip to Morocco.
I am refreshed, energetic and ready to be busy again.
I’d love to know if you have ever had a digital detox before, either from blogging or social media. How did it go? Did you feel more refreshed when you came back to it? Have you ever gone abroad for one? I’d love to know your thoughts on the whole digital detox thing!