As someone whose job heavily involves social media, taking a break from it isn't always easy.
I had two weeks before I started a new job, so figured it was a good time to go cold turkey. NO Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat FOR TWO WEEKS 😱😱
Social media connect us with people all around the world and has amplified important movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. It gives a voice to those who have been ignored and has helped normalised conversations on mental health.
However, social media isn't perfect. It can be quite TOXIC. 
Social media gives everyone a voice and not all of those voices are going to be positive. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and all the other bad -isms and -phobias are voiced online. Oh, and fake news of course.
But it's not just the negatives that can get us down, it's also the "positive" stuff. We ALL know the super smiley, 'my-life-is-so-amazing' photos the influencers post on the 'Gram are have been curated to ONLY show the positive parts of their lives, yet we still compare ourselves to them. Eventually, those hours spent scrolling through this content will affect you, so it's important to take a break from it. 
Checking my Instagram and Twitter account as soon as I wake up is a bad habit and one that we ALL do — be honest. I thought uninstalling them on my phone would stop me reaching for it first thing, but instead of checking my social media, I'd check my emails, calendar and random apps for no real reason. Still a work in progress.
I did have more free time, which I spent reading, but I have to admit that the FOMO kicked in quite quickly. Twitter is one of my main "news" sources and even though I was still up to date with the world, I felt like I was missing out. 
But as time went on, it felt normal and I got used to not using any social media. I was still talking to people and my life went on without it. 
Have I gone back to using social media daily? Yep, it's my job after all and I do enjoy it.
However, I use it differently now. Before I dove back in, I cleansed my following lists, added to my mute list and set daily limits for each platform. 
Social media is a great tool, but there's more to life than hashtags and TikTok challenges.