Firstly, A #SocialMediaDetox won’t kill you, I pinky promise. In fact, you’ll probably come back from it feeling refreshed and inspired.
I want to acknowledge that social media is great! It offers a way to connect with those we are not physically with, opportunity to raise awareness and funds, an outlet for creativity, endless inspiration, and the ability to share life’s adventures with others.
However, we live in an era of over consumption. Reaching for phones not because we want to connect, engage or feel inspired, but as an act of habit. Do you ever catch yourself scrolling mindlessly and simultaneously as you watch TV, hold a conversation or enjoy a meal? The issue with social media is instead of living in the moment, life passes by while we watch others live their lives.
As we watch someone else’s highlight reel, we unconsciously compare and even compete. When in reality, we are seeing glimpses of a premeditated and, might I add, perfectly edited photo. A moment in time that has already passed for someone else.
My point is, social media is great until it’s using you and you’re no longer using it.
Social Media platforms are designed to be addicting with personalized #Ads and #SponseredPosts all over your timeline.
If any of this resonates with you and you’ve been thinking of taking a break from the online world, it’s time for a #SocialMediaDetox.
6 Steps to Detoxing from Social Media:
Step 1: Decide how long you want detox and stick to it.
Step 2: Move your apps to the very back of your phone or even temporarily delete them.
Step 3: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable: It’s going to feel weird not reaching for your phone when your uncomfortable in a public place, bored from your TV show or while eating lunch. Stick with it anyway.
Step 4: Make a list of all the things you’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t had time for. Do them.
Step 5: Enjoy the present. Instead of posting a picture or boomerang of the moment, actually enjoy it with your own eyes. See it. Feel it. Smell it.
Step 6: Decide your purpose on social media and what you want to gain from your online experience. You are in control. Unfollow any accounts that don’t resonate with you and who you are. Follow accounts that bring you inspiration. #ScrollWithAPurpose