When I signed up for social media, I did not sign up for the drama and toxicity that comes with it. I really can’t remember ticking the “I agree” box to comparisons, competitions and arguments!
Social media has its blessings, but I cannot deny that it sometimes affects my productivity and growth. The first thing I do when I wake up every morning, is to reach out for my phone to check my email and notifications, a habit I’m beginning to detest.
I’m on a personal development journey, so I’m becoming more and more intentional, I’m starting to practice minimalism and mindfulness. These new healthy lifestyle practices have given me more clarity, and are also shining the light on certain areas in my life that need decluttering.
In the last couple of weeks, I have read over 10 articles from people who have become weary of their social media addiction and have decided to take the bull by the horns and quit social media completely!
I have contemplated leaving too, but I know that’s not the answer.
Social media is not the devil, it’s not the cause of all our problems, that’s why I would never preach “pack your things and get off the internet”. We are social beings, we need these platforms to thrive.
Social media has brought us closer and made messaging a lot easier, so thinking we can live without it, is just a mirage! For starters, it’s by virtue of social media and the Good ol internet that I am able to bring this content to you.
This is why I would rather suggest a social media detox instead. A social media detox is your best bet when it comes to improving your mood and letting go of some of that anxiety. A social media detox is more about decluttering, cleansing and replacing bad habits with new, healthy ones.
The key is to be intentional and deliberate about it. It’s really easy to do!
Do I need a social media detox?
If you feel as if social media has taken over your life!
If you find yourself scrolling mindlessly your timeline every now and then!
If you are constantly engaging in some Facebook or Twitter war!
if it takes most of your time and preoccupies your mind!
if you find yourself constantly and habitually reaching out for your phone!
If you keep checking your device for new likes, comments and shares the moment you post a new content!
If social media is beginning to determine your self worth and value of your gifts and talents!
If you are obsessed with getting perfect pictures for the gram!
these are some of the signs that you could very well use a Social media detox.
Instead of cutting off cold turkey, I have developed a 5-day social media detox challenge that you can embark on! Download your social media challenge here. Print and place on your vision board.
Social media detox challenge.
Unfollow and unsubscribe: whether it’s people, pages or apps. If it gives you negative vibes, affects your productivity and restricts your growth! Reduce the clutter.
Take your mornings back: whatever you do, Don’t reach for your phone first thing in the morning. Instead replace that habit with something more productive. Wait till 9am before checking for messages and notifications.
Spend more time with family: practice staying off social media till lunch time, let’s say 12pm.we are creatures of habit, so, it’s easy to change habits. Use the time to finish up pending projects.
Give yourself a break: by now you should be getting used to your new healthy lifestyle, new habits are beginning to form. Try staying off social media for the whole day. Here’s what you can do with the time. call up old friends and family members. Read a book or two and spend some time with yourself.
Take back your life: weekends are for relaxing and recuperating! Rather than spend your time trying to keep up with the latest trends and respond to countless messages. Get off social media completely. Use the time to review and take stock of the journey so far, how much of your new year goals have you been able to tick off and what’s left to be done. Use the time to draft out a plan for the coming week, and a list of strategies you intend to apply in order to accomplish these tasks!
Social media detox quotes to pump you up!
Comparison is the thief of joy.
Do more things that make you forget to look at your phone.
Not every part of your social life needs to be public. Lulu-thegoodvibe.co
Temporarily closed for reality check. Your tango
The oddessy online
It’s time to take a breather. My grain is dead.
Social media demands a lot of us on top of our already demanding lives. So, let’s disconnect as we need to and renew our interest and ourselves. Simon mainwaring
Everyone wants to be an expert on social mediaand share their opinion behind the keyboard. Ashley Graham.
Disconnect to connect.
Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.
Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance.
Sometimes you need to take a break to be alone, with your own thoughts to rejuvenate.
Spending just one day away from social media is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.
I’m on a vacation from social media.