So, I spend a lot of time on Instagram. Sometimes I'm there posting my food photos, commenting & connecting with others and finding more wellness, photography and nutrition inspiration. But a lot of the time I am either mindlessly scrolling... like that kind of scroll when you barely even stop to see a photo or read a caption and just keep going at super fast speed with your eyes glued to the screen (fyi, not a good look). Or I'm there feeling bad about myself. Comparing myself to others, thinking my photos should be better by now, that I should be posting more often, my hashtags aren't useful enough etc etc etc.
And then one day a few weeks ago, I'd had enough. I declared to Matt that I was done with Instagram. I was being extremely dramatic about it, but you know, that's just how it goes sometimes. I proceeded to delete the app from my iPhone and swore that it was all over. And it was... for 24 hours. I did, of course, come crawling back to Instagram a full day later, but I noticed in the time I was away that I felt SO MUCH BETTER. It was a relief not to be checking in with it every. single. time I looked at my phone. And it was also a relief to see that the world did not end for The Glorious Kitchen just because I was on an "Insta-break".
The thing is, I do love Instagram for many reasons just as much as I dislike it for others. It's pushed me to really grow creatively and try new things in such a consistent way because I constantly need more content to share with you. I have genuinely met some great friends via connecting through our shared interests. And I can see how it can be a great way to grow a business. But on the flip side, it is NOT OKAY for me to start measuring my success and happiness with myself and The Glorious Kitchen according to what's happening on Instagram. It's not okay for any of us to be feeling that way about ourselves.
Maybe it's a different social media platform for you. Facebook, Snapchat, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest. Maybe it's multiple platforms. Regardless, I'm here to say that having a break from this 'comparison game' feels AMAZING. Focusing on incredible days like the ones when I'm outside on the streets of Stockholm, doing photoshoots, trying new things and letting my creativity fly. These are the moments that should reinforce why I love what I'm doing.
So for Easter weekend, I'm taking another "Insta-break". I will be deleting the app from my phone and not checking in with it for 3 FULL DAYS. WOWZAS. If you feel like you need a social media break as well, to focus on spending your long weekend with friends & family in real life instead of with the woman who posts videos of her cat petting her face, then please join me in this DIGITAL DETOX! Be reminded how it feels to read a book or write in your journal before bed instead of getting your scroll on. Just delete as many social media apps as you need to gain some distance from it. Trust me, you can easily get them back as soon as you're ready.
Have a wonderful Easter!