I took a social media hiatus and it was worth it. Starting out the new year with no serious mental health issues or physical problems I decided to take a one week break off social media and I’ll be sharing reasons why you should too.
Reclaim your time
You would be surprise how much time you have to yourself when your minds off social media, who’s doing what, what you’re not doing right etc. I had my morning all to myself no waking up and picking my phone first to check what was happening in a made up world. What if I told you the time you spend on social media is likely the same as researching that topic or taking that online class you keep pushing, basically ways to better your mind & grow.
Keep your eye on the Prize
Short & simple “Less wasted time scrolling endlessly, More attention on your to-do list” with the constant addiction to keep scrolling and tapping on Instagram you free up your mind & time. During my break I was able to cross more things off my to-do list than ever. It kept me focused with my eye on the prize or in this case off-the prize (kept my eyes off that Gucci bag I see them wearing and lusting over)
Helps you Create Boundaries
With time you find less need to share everything or at least irrelevant stories that you think matter or giving your unsolicited comments & hate. You create a boundary between your online life and what’s going on in reality. I honestly have never been one to put my whole life out there but I remember my addictive twitter days, I’d usually share my feelings on my TL than actually confront them in reality. I am too grateful those days are behind me.
CAN’T TAKE CONSTANT BREAKS?
I honestly would not tell anyone to stay off social media because I make a pretty decent amount monthly working off it but there are a few ways to help moderate my need for it,
Sleep On Airplane Mode: I plan on making this a constant in my life, If this is a possibility for you I advice you do it too, turn on airplane mode before you go to bed, it would help avoid seeing notifications first thing in the morning.
Curb The Urge (IMPORTANT): How I never thought this was an option is funny, thanks to Uchechi for highlighting this, its honestly the easiest way to curb the urge remove your notification alerts and group your social media apps into folders to make them more difficult to access.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO TAKE A BREAK?
Personally, I don’t feel you only need to take a break when things get bad or you start feeling a certain way. Honestly, Social Media Breaks will become a healthy ritual for me. However, here are a few instances that tell you “hunnay, you gotta go”
- Do you constantly feel the urge to be on social media? when you’re out with friends or family or even driving?
- Do you have negative thoughts about how unworthy and wish for someone else’s life?
- Do you feel low, out of ideas and stuck in the same place like you’re in a rot?
- You have more online connections than physical ones?
I hope this helps someone out there ❤
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