I Took A Break From The Internet & Why You Should

Hello, hello! As I write this I'm sipping coffee at my table with one of my guinea pigs sat on my lap. It's Florence and she's got herself snuggled into my top. It's going to take me a while to write this, she is just too cute not to keep looking at! It's also going to be a long one! I like to ramble! I've been missing a little online. I took it upon myself to have a little break. I didn't want to but I knew it was needed. Being young in this time social media is huge, we are on it all the time posting, chatting and comparing. I think the fact I run this blog makes all of that a bigger thing. I'm not complaining, I adore running my blog and I am honestly so grateful to all my readers and the brands that have read and worked with me! Sometimes a break from something can change something in you. A switch goes off, one goes on, that kind of thing. I thought having some time away from everything would be a good idea, and I was also dealing with a few things at the time. When you stop looking online at Instagram and Twitter and Facebook you feel so out of touch. You don't know what is going on, what new things are out, what is she up to. You feel anxious, alone. It's quite sad really! We are so obsessed with that Instagram photo, that funny tweet or that killer blog post that sent you into meltdown trying to take a flat lay on the sofa! I took a break and I liked it.

I didn't even read any blogs, it's not that I have gone off them or that I didn't want to. I just wanted to have space with myself and life at home, the now, the real not the written. I thought I would lose it, I thought I would snap and write a post and stalk Instagram. The truth is I did post, I had one ready for this and I did post on Instagram, for me. I posted and I left it, nothing more. I did it in the comfort of a bubble bath, with a can of coke zero and a brand new magazine. I didn't tweet about the bath, let alone take a photo of the bath. I lit a candle because it felt right too, not because it's the thing to do. I relaxed, I felt calm. After topping the bath up countless times I got out, bleached my hair blue and told no one. It was strange, I always write a tweet about my hair and also about how screwed it was. Tim was the only one I told. It was a secret to everyone else. I bought myself a really beautiful cake and before I knew it I was eating it. I didn't take a photo and do you know how amazing that was?! I had my cake and I ate it. No prating about trying to find the light, no moving things around or "let me just get". I put it on a plate and I ate it on the way to the sofa. I loved it. It was the best cake I had because it was for me, not the internet to look at!

I found myself less stressed. I'm normally worrying about light for photos and that pile of PR items sat there for dead line. I worry that I have nothing to take photos of for Instagram and are my posts boring. I had none of that. I planned meals, I went to a crystal shop, I learnt my tarot cards and I burned candles. I made and ate homemade apple crumble. I was mindful and I didn't need an app to help me. I watched Stranger Things back to back snuggled under a blanket with a warm drink with no worry about what was going on online. I slept better and got up earlier since I wasn't on my phone right before bed scrolling feeds or editing photos. I did things for me and it felt so good! 

I think we have lost ourselves, some of you may agree some of you might not and that is okay. For me I found something in me that is a home girl, who likes to cook and bake. Who likes cleaning the flat and sitting with a coffee reading, planning and staring out the window. I like a random trip that only me and Tim know about. I'm not giving up blogging, I never will but what I got out of my little break is having me time away from the internet is the best self-help out there. Once a week or at the weekend just switch off, literally! I want to make memories, I want to take photos of them and print them off, put them in a beautiful album and keep it till I'm old. I want to be around the ones I love, eat, drink and be happy. I'm still going to buy random things for Instagram but I also want to buy things just for me. I want to buy makeup just for me and skincare that only I know I have. 

Just being in the now does wonders for you. I promise! Go out for dinner with your loved ones and just eat! Wear amazing clothes and get someone to take a photo for you, not online! Have a bubble bath with a book or your own thoughts. Plan Christmas and keep everything a secret till the big day. Paint your nails for you, not that photo. Snuggle up and play a game all night, no phones or tv just you and your loved ones. Go out without the phone. Above all else, just be in the moment! Even if it's once a week! 

Do you think you need a break?
Do you have a set day without the internet?
What do you think of the idea?
Let me know down below!

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