Unplugging for the Holidays (And Why It's Good For You)
Updated: Dec 17, 2018
Last year around the holidays I decided to unplug myself from the social media world. You know, the world where everyone's life is perfect and surrounded by rainbows, unicorns and leprechauns? Yeah, that one. Well, maybe not with the leprechauns though...
I decided to do it because I was unhappy. Really, truly unhappy. I was also having a hard time trying to figure out why I was unhappy, and so I was spending countless hours a day scrolling through feeds trying to find an answer.
Instead of torturing myself with the thought that everyone else's life is perfect, why isn't mine, I de-activated some of my accounts and deleted all of the apps on my phone. I set my phone to "do not disturb" for most of the day, left it at home a lot of the time and just tried to re-set myself.
It was incredible, and it was probably the best few weeks of my life. I read books, watched movies (and actually paid attention) and really spent a lot of time reflecting and noticing everything that made me happy, and subsequently unhappy. It was nice to actually spend time with family and friends and not be itching to grab my phone every time there was a silence in conversation. I just spent the month living.
This year, I've decided to unplug again for the holidays, or at least the weeks leading up to the holidays. I'm going to spend my time writing, cooking, baking and just reflecting on who I was this year. I'm going to go into 2019 with a clear mind, good aspirations and just really knowing who I am and what I want from the next 365 days.
Unplug. You won't regret it.