The power of taking a social media break as a teacher

Social media is great.

Scrolling through Twitter today and seeing resources, advice and excitement being shared is inspiring.

However, over the holiday, I’ve not been on it at all – and I’ve loved it. As someone who checks my Twitter and Instagram at every available opportunity, it was strange to start with – but I soon got used to it.

For those who follow me on Instagram – I’ve taken loads of great pictures from my travelling around the Caribbean which I will be sharing with you over the coming weeks, you just didn’t get to see them live!

Of course, over that time hits on my blog, Twitter and Instagram have gone down. But that’s ok – hopefully, now I’m back, you’ll come back too.

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Here’s a few reasons why I found taking a break from social media so inspiring:

Being present every day

This is something that’s really hard for me. I’m always planning, thinking about and working for the future. I think partly that’s to do with being a teacher, and partly that’s just me. But for the time I was away, I didn’t want to do that. I just wanted to enjoy NOW – the sights, smells, sounds and sensations of the place I was in. I find social media pulls me away from it, so forgetting about it was fantastic.

There was no “my holiday’s better than yours”

I had a great time, I challenge anyone to have had a better time than me – but that’s not the point. While I was away I wanted to enjoy my holiday, not yours. Yes, I’m sure whatever you did was great – let’s talk about it now we’re both back, where did you go?

Step away from world affairs

I don’t watch a lot of news anyway, I find it frustrating and depressing, so just keep up with the basic headlines. While I was travelling, however, I didn’t hear about anything. For those three weeks, I didn’t need it. Was there a train strike? Not sure. Were petrol prices going up? Probably. What is Brexit anyway?

Not thinking about work

Although we have a lot of holidays as teachers, in a way we’re never really away from work. Telling anyone you meet on holiday that you’re a teacher is a big mistake – you’re into a half an hour discussion about their schooling.

In addition to that, some of you guys on Twitter work so hard making amazing displays and resources, which is so admirable – but while I was away I didn’t want to see it (sorry!).

Using all my time for good things

With the time I’d normally spend on social media – which I do value and enjoy, I’m not going to cut it out completely – I did a lot of reading, writing and spending time with family.

It’s good to be back

Now that I’m reconnected I’m enjoying seeing what you’re up to – it feels like being amongst old friends. Your excitement for the new term is infections and I’m excited about sharing the challenges of the upcoming year with you.

Have you ever given up social media?

What impact do you think it would have?

Most importantly, tell me about your holiday…

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3 Replies to “The power of taking a social media break as a teacher”

  1. I’ve only recently joined social media so not about to take a break from it yet!! But already I know it’s addictive and that it’s preventing me from using my time productively… I agree that a holiday is a good time to take a break from it. Not had a holiday this year (or the last 2 years) due to kids and work. Looking forward to a blog post from you about your travels!

  2. Really good post, Luke. Notifications can be addictive and feed a dependency on getting admiration from other people! It’s healthier to be in control of when we decided to dip in to social media. Like you, I find inspiration and energy from reading what other people are doing, and I have discovered amazing resources through social media which I might never have read otherwise. There is also a lot of time-wasting rubbish! So I think getting into a discipline of turning off the phone, reducing notifications and monitoring our own use (or abuse!) of social media is good for balance and well-being. Best wishes, Michael.

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