I can’t remember the last time I sat down to write a blogpost. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I sat down to write anything but university coursework. I am in my final year of my journalism degree and it is definitely noticeable. But the coursework alone is not the reason for my recent online absence. After feeling unmotivated, uninspired and stressed about juggling uni, my blog, writing for other publications, social media and social life, I decided to take a break. A step back. An online detox. And even though I might not have deleted my Instagram or stopped using my Snapchat completely, I have spent a lot less time on my social media apps and blogs. Instead I have focused my spare time and energy on experiences and travels with my friends and family, as well as prioritizing myself and my wellbeing.

Because there is nothing wrong with admitting to need a pause in life.

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We live in a society with so much pressure to be perfect, both online and in real life. Sometimes it feels as though everything we do in life is measured by likes and comments, and that things “didn’t really happen” if we did not document it through our phones. And even though I love being able to share my experiences with my friends and family around the world with a single touch, I am starting to realise that I am growing tired of spending so much time on it. I scroll through my Instagram feed a lot quicker than I used to. I barely ever bother to look through all of the Snapchat stories waiting for my attention. I spend less time reading the blogs I fell in love with years ago. And that’s okay.

Even though the sad truth is that I don’t think I could ever go a full day without my phone, as it is what keeps me in contact with everyone around me and updated on the world, I have started to pay less attention to it. By taking a break, a step back, from my normal online habits I have been able to focus clearly. I have been able to focus more on myself and my own wellbeing. And somewhere along the line I started to long back to writing. The motivation and inspiration I was lacking started coming back. So here I am, once again. Hopefully the motivation will stay, and allow me to write a few posts a week at least. But if not, I’ve learnt that that’s okay too.