When Social Media Takes Over

When Social Media Takes Over by Estelle Keeber

So off the back of my blog about the July social media outage and my posts to social media something became alarmingly apparently and I have to admit I was guilty too.

After sharing my thoughts on how to avoid losing your shit when social media goes into melt down my inbox was full of so many mums saying that they were relieved that they couldn’t use social media and that most of them spent time either with their kids (which I did) or taking some time for self care.

Now I thought that I was the only one who felt like this to be honest which lead me to 2 points

1) Why do I not take time off social media more often
2) Why is work a priority over taking care of myself

So point 1. If you’re reading this it probably come via some form of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn) We all love social media, for a lot of us it’s the way we grow and connect with other people not only for business but in our personal lives too. I know that I’m guilty of reaching for my phone before I’ve even got out of bed, go on admit you do it too!

For anyone that wants to know more about the urge to resist that temptation you should check out this amazing Youtube episode from Mel Robbin

What really made me stop and think was about the fact that I actually felt relieved that I didn’t have to think about social media and I wasn’t alone in feeling like this which makes me realise that we ALL need to be taking more time away… unplugged. I read a quite a lot last week which said “Go make memories”, the sort that only you will remember because you were so engrossed you didn’t have your phone to capture it! Cool right?

Now I feel your pain, I’m an Instagram Expert, my clients are all online and work is very much online based BUT I managed for a whole night to not check Facebook or Instagram. The world didn’t end and my amazing followers were all still there this morning. The 1:1 client who had booked didn’t decide she didn’t want her session just because I responded the next day to her request. So I guess the moral of the story here is that whats the worst that can happen if we do actually unplug from social media? We come back refreshed from doing something we love and eager to share to our favourite platform! Win win right?

Point 2 – Self care. After making goal boards with the boys, I finished a 1:1 instagram coaching call and then put on a facemask and had a chat with Chris in the garden over a cup of tea. I would usually be up late responding to comments on social media (and there are hundreds daily) but instead seeing as I couldn’t do that I decided to use my time productively and practice some self care. I’m thinking maybe I would have less wrinkles if social media went down more often. It made me think that maybe taking more time for me would be a good idea for everyone! I woke up re-energized and raring to go this morning (and my skin looked great too thanks to my favourite skincare brand Tropic!) So the moral of the story is…do we really need to wait for social media to die before we ACTUALLY take some time for ourselves? Go find that face mask and chill!

Until next time…
Much love The Insta Queen x