The Importance of Taking a break From Social Media
As a social media professional, working in the field where I spend time on social media more than normal can be draining at times. Don't get me wrong–I love what I do, but it is so important to take breaks away from what you do as a professional.
Within the field of social media, it can be tricky being that it is something that is enjoyed both personally and professionally. I have my personal accounts along with the accounts that I run for my clients. During work, I am on social media and creating content for my clients, and in my free time, I use social media for personal use.
If you don’t take a step back and give yourself a break from social media, you can become easily overwhelmed and drained.
Cal Newport, writer of Digital Minimalism proposes a philosophical concept where he explores the meaning behind Digital minimalism stating, “A philosophy of technology in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”
An article from Healthline mentions ways to take breaks from social media which includes deleting the apps, finding a new habit, and finding positive news to engage yourself in.
If you work in the field of social media or communications, I encourage you to be intentional about setting aside time for yourself to enjoy something other than social media. If you do not work in the communications or media field, I would still encourage you to set aside time for yourself where you can debrief and enjoy your hobbies!