I’m so happy to be here. Recently, about a week ago, I made a gradual return to social media after being completely off for about a month and a half. I cut Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat off my daily list of distractions, and am now only back exclusively on Twitter and Snapchat. My 6-week venture without social media was an incredible, uplifting journey, and I wish to share it with all you Mogulites today!
Back in February, I made a decision to seek therapy. I was constantly anxious, and feeling an overall down feeling that I couldn’t shake. I felt alone, scared, and overwhelmingly underappreciated. Seeking help was a big decision for me, and I have no regrets. Today, I can say I have taken control over my anxiety, and my situational depression has calmed down as I take the reign on my life and emotions. I was in my room one night, and made an impulsive decision to delete all my social media apps; I was spending so much time on them, taking away time from my schoolwork, my social life, and my overall mental health. Apps and social media can be so toxic, as one compares their life to someone else’s highlight reel.
The first day was very difficult; I won’t lie. I found myself checking random apps on my phone, like the world clock, to keep my fingers entertained as they tapped back and forth on my screen. However, as the days went on, I was more disconnected from my phone, and more connected with myself, and my life. I was having more conversation, I was more focused, I was sleeping more, and increasing my sleep quality. I was also allowing myself time to think, process, and listen more. My overall mental state flourished, and I was getting used to being in silence alone, which is important to me. I didn’t feel this pressure to keep up with so many people, and I had a realization that those who really wanted to reach out to me would, and not just using an “at” sign on Twitter. Looking back, I’m so happy I stepped away from social media. Social media isn’t something one needs to live. Many people may be connected on social media, but lack empathy, compassion, and real stimulating conversation that can only be had in the now, face-to-face. I look forward to doing this again soon; my connection with those around me grew, and I was able to put my phone down much more often, allowing me to look up more often, and realizing the beauty that surrounds me, but always failed to appreciate because my fingers were busy typing away into a black hole.
I encourage you to take a second, and disconnect from your online life, and connect with real life, and those who love you.
I am a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Health Sciences. My true passion lies in mental health awareness, being a self-love advocate, writing, music, and helping others. Mental Health and Feminism editor for SASP Chapter.