Stop, Recharge and Go.
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So I’ve been offline for two weeks. By offline I mean not on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, SNAPCHAT (cries a little) literally OFF.LINE. I haven’t picked up my camera or posted any Vlogs either. By the time this post comes out I will probably be back from my hiatus but I am currently writing this in the middle of it.
Why did I disconnect myself from the online world? I literally just needed a break. Not just a break from Youtube and Vlogging but a break from all the other things that comes with being a “Content Creator” which includes constantly being active on various social media platforms. There was nothing particularly wrong with me and no major life event happened that forced me to take this break but I knew I just needed it. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE doing Youtube and being active online but sometimes it gets exhausting. Vlogging 24/7, editing it all in time for it to be out and having to think of new content to bring out. It gets exhausting and I could slowly see myself getting to the end of my tether.
Anyone that knows me knows that I find it hard to stop and pause. I am constantly on the go. Always working on something, always keeping myself busy. Its hard to notice that you’re running on empty when you’re just used to being on the go but just like a car, if you keep driving it and don’t stop to top up its petrol it’ll eventually run out. It sounds so logical but we don’t take that time out to intentionally recharge ourselves (Or if you’re like me and find filling up your car a chore you always wait till its almost about to run out before you fill it). That’s the point I got to. I felt like I was running out of fuel and just needed to stop, recharge and get back into it again. I was so hesitant to take this break because I thought "How can I disappear offline for so long", "It’ll affect X,Y,Z" but I just had to put those thoughts to one side and realise that I can’t give anything of value and substance if I don’t have anything left in me.
So what have I been getting up to? I’ve been relaxing (well attempting to!) I’ve been spending some quality time with the people I love the most and reflecting about my life and some of the next chapters ahead of me (both I'll do a blog post on later!). It’s been a much-needed break and I had to take it before I completely over-worked myself. However, I AM BACK! I’ve missed Vlogging. I’ve missed being online. It feels so weird to not be in the know about a lot of things going online and FOMO was real for a few days but I’m glad I took this break.
I think its important to be able to detach yourself from the online life because, it is so easy for it to consume your whole life, that you forget that there’s more to life than just a couple apps. People are so addicted to some of these social media platforms that they neglect their actual real life and I think that is such a dangerous place to be in (I’ll ALSO make a blog post on this sometime soon!)
If this break has taught me anything it’s that breaks aren’t just necessary, but healthy. Give your life a little recharge once in a while.