Do you find yourself reaching for your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning? Do you feel like you are missing out when you haven’t caught up on everything in your news feed? Are your kids begging you to look up from your phone so that they can show you something?
More and more in today’s society, I see people with their heads down, headphones in, focused on their phones or tablets and ignoring the world around them. I have been one of those people.
I often find myself distracted by Facebook or Pinterest, lost in the world of memes and procrastination. Being on social media can also make us anxious and stressed, being plugged in all the time means that we are less likely to relax and take in the simple things that life has to offer. Social media was created to help people connect but it has now created the opposite where we are chatting to friends via apps instead of connecting to each other face to face.
So what can we do to change this?
The words ‘social media detox’ might strike fear in the hearts of most people. What if people miss me? What if I miss out on something? What if I lose followers?
That may happen but chances are people are too busy following and re-tweeting other things they won’t even notice that you have taken a social media detox for yourself.
Imagine reading a book instead of your Facebook feed before bed, enjoying a trip to the park with your kids without documenting it for Instagram, or having a date day with your partner without tagging where you are and what you are eating.
If you are not ready to make the full leap into a social media detox cold turkey, then start by removing one app at a time and work up from there. Another tip is that you could set a time limit for your social media use, maybe you shut off Facebook after 6pm.
If you are ready to take the jump it is a good idea to decide how long you are going to detox for. Will it be 48 hours or 7 days? Set yourself a goal and stick to it.
Delete your apps
The best thing you can do is delete all your social media apps from your phone, when your phone isn’t buzzing for your attention you are less likely to check it all the time. Don’t worry about losing your apps for good, they are easy to find again when you are ready to enter the social media world. If you have a habit of checking social media on your computer, then remove those bookmarks as well. Out of sight out of mind.
Start a new hobby
Rediscover something that you really enjoy. Has it been a while since you got lost in a great novel? Have you wanted to start a new hobby? Maybe you want to reconnect with your kids and create mini adventures with them as a family. Find something that you have put off and start to discover your passion.
Reconnect with friends and family
Plan that coffee date with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Go on that date with your partner, create a family adventure with your kids that they will remember forever. Go to the park, the beach, create a treasure map or just have a family movie night without the ding of notifications interrupting.
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