This post has been fully inspired by Hayley, one of my closest and longest friend I met through blogging – she published a post recently on why she took a step back from the online world to focus on what mattered to her the most which was her health and loved ones. I couldn’t agree more with her whole post because this is exactly what I have done for the past 10 months since moving out of my family home and in to a new flat where I had to do all the adulty things like my own clothes washing, paying household bills and hoovering (my god, I hate that job). But I can honestly say it’s been the most rewarding 10 months and even though, I still moan that I have to do the chores, I wouldn’t have it any other way. With my focus solely on the new flat, being a presence online took a backseat and you know what? It didn’t faze me at all. I knew what my priorities were and as much as I love being on social media and creating content, it almost didn’t matter to me if I didn’t post a picture on Instagram, or recorded a Snapchat or tweeted about a blog post I created last week, it just wasn’t as important. Going offline now and again can do and has done wonders for me and I truly believe that it will for you too - even if it’s just for a day, try it and see how you feel. With that being said, here’s 5 simple reasons to do it.....
Taking a break from constantly checking social media and emails will help you focus more on what’s important and give you time to figure out exactly what your body needs. Having your phone or laptop close by will increase the urge to keep checking it, so if you’re having an offline day, put your phone and laptop away and spend time doing things that make you happy.
Time for real conversations
Okay, not saying online conversations aren’t real, but actually talking to someone, whether it’s a friend or family member face to face is so much better than over emails, over text or over social media. On an offline day, arrange to meet up with a close friend/family member, go for tea and cake, don’t take your phones out and catch up on life. I always find these dates super rewarding and often end up with lots of new ideas in mind.
Time for loved ones
Closely tying up with the above point, never ever, take your loved ones for granted because during those times of need, they’re the ones who stick by you. When you are spending time with your closest and dearest, try to minimise the amount of time you spend online or even just go completely offline for the day and give all your time to those who deserve it.
The best and biggest benefit of going offline is you will get better and improved sleep. Not going on your phone or logging on to your laptop a few hours before you go to bed will ensure you get enough rest and sleep should always be an essential part of your routine, therefore not using stimulating technology is definitely much better for your wellbeing overall.
Catch up with being in the present moment
Not having to constantly catch up with the online world gives you time to actually be present in the moment. Instead of being wrapped up in a world of feeling like you are competing, or under pressure to share, having days where you don’t on online and see what everyone else is doing gives you time to focus on you and be the best and most present version of yourself.
How often are you online? If it’s every day, would you consider going offline just to see the benefits of it?