THE CONSTANT CATCH-UP.

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This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for weeks, but I convinced myself I couldn’t do it justice and portray everything I wanted to say, so I kept putting it off. Sophie talked about this in her post here, where she describes it better than I could so do go have a read, she’s a babe.

Anyway, back to the post.

I know I’ve spoken about social media a lot over these last few months, but it’s a big part of my life and a hefty portion of my day, so naturally it is something that I think about. Somedays life can feel like it moves 100mph, and social media triple that. There is always new content out there, and that’s awesome. But it also means social media DOES NOT STOP. ever. But guess what, you can.

We can stop the pointless scrolling and use it more efficiently. We can connect with our friends online, then get on with our day knowing we can check in with them later to chat, if we want to. We can log off early and go to sleep. We can turn our phones off for the majority of the day if we feel like it, it’s okay.

It can feel exhausting to come home from a busy day, and then feel so out of the loop that you have to ‘catch up’ on what you’ve missed, it’s constant and takes up so much precious time. Before I realise it an hour has passed, I haven’t made anything for dinner or even asked Dan how his day went. Which makes me feel like an AWFUL human.

At the end of the day, it’s awesome to stay connected to the online world, but a part of it IS online, not real day to day life unfortunately.

From now on, I’m going to accept that I will never fully catch up on what I’ve missed when I haven’t been active online, and that’s totally okay. I’m going to be living life in the meantime.

Can you relate?

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  • I can completely relate to this! I always feel if I’ve been busy or even just taken an hour away from social media, then I’ve missed out on so much! It then takes me so long to catch up with everything, but you’ve definitely made me realise that I don’t need to constantly be online and getting up to date with everything xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  • I can live without social media tbh, I enjoy it but I don’t feel a need to catch up. That might just be because I don’t really use it to see what my friends and family are up to, I use it for news and inspiration for makeup looks etc. That might be part of it, a break is always a good idea. I know I have way way too much screen time in my life. I practically live on my laptop xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Thats so good though that you have a balance, social media is great for inspiration! xx

  • Amy Eade

    I definitely relate to this, I’ve been feeling guilty because I haven’t really had time to read blogs the past few days, but that’s totally OK and it was actually right of me to prioritise real life over online!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Sometimes ‘real’ life just has to come first doesn’t it! xx

  • Kat

    Turn off the light and go to sleep earlier – what I have been doing and highly recommended.

  • You’re so right – social media will always be there and it will be there waiting even after you’ve taken little breaks. And as you said – it’s never possible to go through it all anyway, so setting some boundaries for ourselves would probably be wise. I keep trying to switch off 30-60 mins before going to bed, but recently I’ve not been doing it so much, which also means I’ve had a harder time falling asleep. I need to keep trying to be better at switching off! 🙂 xx

    • Reading before bed instead of scrolling really helps me! xx

  • Oh my gosh Natalie this is something I think about SO often and I hate it; pretty much every day I will get home from my working day at 7:30/8pm (and that’s if I have no plans that evening), and it then takes me HOURS to catch up on the day’s social activity, leaving poor Rob to cook, wash up, and essentially then sit there with me ignoring him. I’m embarrassed to have written that, really, because it’s awful. You’re right, it’s impossible to fully catch up anyway, and even if I could catch up it doesn’t mean that I should. I’m determined to set some boundaries over the next few weeks! Thank you for the little shout out at the start too 🙂 I think you explained your point perfectly – it is a constant catch up xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • No problem lovely, had to mention your post! I know the feeling, it gets a bit bad when I’m like ‘tell me in a minute, I’m just doing something on Instagram’ then I realise what I’ve said and I’m like oh my gosh that’s SO bad!!! xxx

  • Oh Natalie I can totally relate to this, I forever feel like I’m chasing my tail to catch up! You’re right, and it’s as if the truth has been staring me in the eyes all along – it’s okay not to catch up fully. It’s okay to have time for ourselves.
    Peta xx
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • We all need boundaries, afterall it’s definitely not going anywhere is it! xx

  • Nia

    Yes! I always feel so relieved when I finally scroll down to the last thing I remember seeing. The constant need to catch up is exhausting sometimes – and yet I always feel a bit guilty when I take a break!

    • I do that too, its like a mission isn’t it? Haha! xx

  • I can totally understand your feelings here, wanting to write a post but feeling that you won’t be able to do justice to it! And don’t get me started on feeling exhausted cos’ of constant running on social media. I seriously have no clue where my days go by, I literally spend my days on laptop and I hate it!
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    • I get super bad headaches too when I’m on my laptop too much! Thanks for reading Ankita xx

  • I relate to this SO much, especially recently, I feel so much pressure to catch up, but its so hard trying to fit it all in with daily life. xx

    • Its totally not possible, and we need to remember that’s okay! xx

  • YES! You know I can relate to this one gal…it’s so hard not automatically trying to keep up to date constantly.

    Abi xx
    abirichards.com

    • Its so important to take a step back sometimes! xx

  • Completely agree! We’ll never be completely caught up, and that’s okay, because it means we were living.

  • I don’t think anyone can ever be completely caught up unless they never sleep and constantly refresh and scroll social media. It is completely okay not to be up to date!!
    Charlotte-Nichole
    x

    • Can you imagine? It would probably get super boring after a while too I reckon! xx

  • Shannon

    Social media can feel like such a black hole sometimes! It just sucks you in while real life passes you by. It’s important to be in the moment, though easier said than done!

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

  • This is SUCH a great post. I always feel on constant catch up, especially to feel involved with the blogging community. Somehow life gets in the way but realising when to switch off is so important! xx

    • It doesn’t ever stop does it? Sometimes it’s nice to have a break xx

  • Diana Maria

    Oh completely! I used to feel like this until I finally took the pressure off of myself. I’ll see the posts eventually when I have a minute of time and I also don’t look at everything at once since you can become so caught up in the endless cycle that is catching up! Thanks for posting such an honest post once again Natalie xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Thanks for reading Diana, you definitely inspire me with your amazing posts! xx

  • Courtney Hardy

    I totally feel you girl, it never stops. I had a relaxing day off social media a couple of days ago and it felt so refreshing. It’s always good to slow down every now and then.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Its lovely to have a break sometimes isn’t it?xx

  • I’ve been thinking about this too. I have this problem as a social media worker where I have to constantly check on what’s going on in social media. It’s exhausting. Maybe I need to have more strict time management for it.

    xoxo,
    honeyvha.com

    • I get imagine that would definitely be tough, especially if its your job! xx

  • I love this mantra so much, definitely going to adopt it as I’m so bad at feeling like I need to ‘catch up’. The whole point of social media is that it’s NOW so I’m going to live in the moment with it more!

    The Makeup Directory

    • That’s so true! I always think about deleting the apps for a day or two but I don’t think I’m brave enough for that yet! xx

  • This post is very relatable… you’ve given me a much needed friendly reminder that it’s okay to switch off from the online world and the importance of spending time offline for our overall wellbeing…

    Thanks Natalie!

    Daisy 🙂
    https://daisychaindaydreamsblog.wordpress.com/