I took a mini social media break, this is what happened.

My experience on going phoneless for a weekend. I switched my phone off, what happened next totally surprised me. | beauty and lifestyle blogger Meghan Silva | instagram @meghanssilva

I have been finding myself totally addicted to being on my phone, basically living vicariously through Instagram and YouTube. It eventually dawned on me that I wasn't actually present in my actual life. I wasn't achieving my goals at a pace I really needed to. So I basically started a weekend phone off promise to myself.Starting this past weekend.

How did I manage? well keep reading.

I switched my phone off, what happened next totally surprised .| beauty and lifestyle blogger Meghan Silva | instagram @meghanssilva

It was actually pretty hard, I kept reaching for my phone on Friday. Even mid deep one on one conversations. (How awful is that)

By Saturday I was actually living. I did a lovely brunch, saw some friends I haven't seen in months, was out and about living. Like literally in the moment living. It actually felt incredible. 

Sunday evening it was time to prepare for the week ahead which means switching airplane mode off. I literally dreaded the thought of going back to reality. I mean life without my phone was so fun. I was living. I was available to live and have a life outside of my phone.

I totally understand this might not be going totally phoneless because I had it on airplane mode but with an infant I cannot not capture his cutest moments. So a camera is essential, its the constant Whatsapp's and social media that takes you completely out of living in the moment. Capture share later is my aim.

CONFESSION The only thing I missed was watching YouTube tutorials.

So this had me thinking of doing the best thing for me. Having phone time outs everyday of the week has got to be MY reality. I do not wanna be living vicariously through anyone. I will update this in a month to let you all know if I actually stuck to it and what has changed.



Question, have you made phone time outs?

22 comments

  1. I think it is always a good idea to take a break and do other things. Sometimes we get busy and don't always have the time but it can do wonders for stress as well :)
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    1. I have to agree, its such a holiday of the mind and spirit. If that makes any sense?

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  2. Ahh Meghan...this is something I've been struggling with for a while too. I feel like I'm behind the screen way too much (be it a computer screen or phone). That's part of the reason why I haven't posted on Instagram in years because I know it will consume way too much of my time. I like the idea of taking a social media break and actually living! Keep up the good work girl...you can do it! :)

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    1. Thanks Rita, yes I find social media to be the biggest issue. The constant browsing and getting sucked into peoples lifes highlights. I find it best to go airplane mode at night. So you wake up to zero notifications. Its a small thing to do but is a morning game changer.

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  3. Wow, this is so smart!
    Well done, congrats!

    Ana C, www.adreamersland.com
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  4. I agree, I think this is such an important thing to do. I really need to do this even for just one evening - my phone has taken over my life!
    Laura x
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  5. This is amazing! I would love to challenge myself to do this, although I am not sure I would make it. Only more reason to do it! Great post.

    xx, Elise
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    1. I swear its like a mental rejuvenation. Your mind will thank you.

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  6. Interesting post! I'm increasingly starting to feel we should all do things like this!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

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  7. Well done Meg - I have been threatening a phone break for months and just never done it! Although in saying that, I was in bed for 5 months last year with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness) and I wasn't on my phone at all then! x

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    1. Wow 5 months? now that is will power. Sorry about the severe morning sickness. Morning sickness only hit me when I traveled during my first trimester. Glad its over!

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  8. Thank you for this really inspiring post, Meg! I am going to join you and turn off my phone (or put it in airplane mode) a little every day. I am so hooked to the phone (for my blog and all) but it can really put a damper on LIVING.
    xo, janea
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    1. I love hearing that, trust me the reason I took a break from it is because I was hooked to my phone too. We will have tons more fun in life if we just unplugged every now and then.

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  9. This is so true. It can totally be a reality check when we really look at the amount of time we spend staring at screens... I'm also trying to be more aware of it.

    Allie | www.lunavidablog.com

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    1. I don't think many of us realize its like an all day thing.

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  10. one thing i did recently was turn off notifications from all of my social media apps! it has made a surprising difference. now i only go on social media when i truly want to. airplane mode is great, but u might miss an important call or text.

    thanks for sharing!
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  11. Same, I could spend hours on Youtube. The thing is, though, everybody else is busy too and are constantly on their phone so you have no choice to do the same. I wish more people would take a social media break once in a while but it's where everything is at, even work :/

    xo, Gillan

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  12. Taking a break from social media is a good thing. After reading this, it makes me want to do it too :)
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  13. My husband and I usually have our own time together, and during those times, our phones are off-limits (not intentionally, just a normal thing for us) and we just talk about stuff, watch a movie or binge-watch a series. It's good to take your mind off of social media from time to time. :)


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