Taking my First Ever ‘Social Media Detox’ Day!

Recently I had my first ever social media detox day (I did do it for 2 days but it doesn’t have the same ring to it). I never realised how much I needed it until I took the plunge. Have you ever been on a Social Media Detox Day? Here’s what it looks like.

What?

I turned off all notifications from the apps that I personally use on a daily basis that class as social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), this may be different to everyone else. I use Pinterest but find that more inspiring than anything and didn’t feel like I needed a break from it. Snapchat I rarely use, only for messaging and keeping in contact with people.

Why?

Do you ever find yourself aimlessly scrolling through social media or clicking on the app only to close it back down a few minutes later? Have you ever scrolled that much that Instagram tells you that ‘You’re all caught up’? That was me. I had no purpose to be on it, I also found myself falling into a spiral of not enjoying being on social media and comparing myself to others on there on a daily basis. I also felt like I constantly had to keep up with the world through those apps, not through genuine contact.

The Process?

In the first few hours it felt a little weird, I was still on auto pilot to click on the apps (probably will just delete them next time instead of turning off notifications). I found I had barely anything if not nothing to do on my phone apart from scroll my through my photos and emails. However I did find myself being more present in what I was doing (despite most of the day being at work).

After a day I felt most of benefits. I felt no ties to constantly have to be ‘online’ and ‘active’, I wasn’t thinking of what to post next or refreshing my insights and engagement. I wasn’t scrolling through to make sure I was caught up with the world. One huge thing I’d noticed was I was on my phone less. It wasn’t glued to my hand, I wasn’t carrying it from room to room with me, I only picked it up if I genuinely needed it.

What I learnt?

  • Social media is a trap – it ties you in for hours on end aimlessly scrolling, comparing yourself and making you feel like you have to be active.
  • Who you follow is a huge part of it – expand and vary your feed by following people who inspire you, are different to you and are educational. Not just a pretty face.
  • Your mindset and how you use it – both as a user and as a creator etc.
  • Give yourself more time out – you need it more than you think.
  • Being ‘offline’ helps you be more ‘online’ in your real life and be more present.

Despite the fact I was at work whilst this was happening so it did fill most of my time I still felt like my brain had a little spa day. I am going to attempt to make it a monthly habit (slightly influenced by Jess Conte but also by own experience).

Have you ever done a social media detox? Now’s the time!

Thank you for reading and can’t wait to hear about all your experiences offline!

Han xx

20 Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    I do mindlessly scroll. I don’t look at social media when I’m off for a few days. Otherwise, I could let it take over my life,😀

    1. Don’t we all! haha!

  2. This is such a good idea! I find myself using my phone a scary amount. It is mainly for blogging so I find it difficult to step away from it if I am honest.

    I am going to make a real push to not look at it at all during work when I go back next week. I want to be 100% focused and not end up wasting time on it.

    Thanks for sharing your positive experience x

  3. I’ve often wondered how I’d spend my day without social media, I might give this a go myself!

    Sophie x | http://www.loveandliterature.co.uk

  4. Jenna Von says:

    I have never had a social media detox day, i’m totally addicted but I wish i could actually take a day off for my mental health. x

  5. We just returned from an 7 day camping trip with no social media. I always try to stay away from any platforms when traveling to take a break from it all for awhile. Great post! 🙂

  6. Yes! I recently took a week-long social media detox and it was one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever done. I didn’t realize how much time I spend on it and how much I rely on it until I did this detox and it was a real eye-opener. It’s nice to be able to use that new free time not scrolling on social media’s to be more productive and even just look out and see what the world and nature has to offer. Thank you for sharing!

  7. I’m definitely guilty of aimlessly scrolling. I’d love to take a social media detox day but for some reason I never schedule it in – maybe that’s the best reason to do one! Great post! x

  8. Such a great post that will always be relevant. We can easily get lost scrolling through our phones and before you know it, nothing we planned on accomplishing for the day was done! Social media detox is necessary. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Taking that day or two from social media is so important to do every now and then, I loved reading your experience from when you took a social media detox day! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  10. I do this when I can. It’s difficult though when you work online though. But I try to only block my time on social media!

  11. Sarah S says:

    You’ve inspired me to try it!
    I’ve been wanting to step away from how much I’m on (especiallllly social media).
    But just haven’t had a motivational push to do it!
    Great post- thanks!!

  12. I think it’s so important to take time away from social media can really do a lot for your mindset (and give yourself some extra time). I have turned off notifications for the apps on my home screen and it has really made a big difference – a lot less mindlessly scrolling.

    http://www.editionninetynine.com

  13. I like the idea of choosing to follow people that are different from me. I’m going to try that.

  14. I do this every week and I love my social media detox days. I’d highly encourage everyone to have one day a week away from the constant chatter!

  15. I’m so much happier on my social media detox days — I find my anxiety is much more manageable too!

  16. I mindlessly scroll allll dayyy longgg lol. Especially when I’m tired or want to procrastinate, I find myself wasting time on my phone for no good reason at all. Lately I’ve been better about limiting my time on my personal socials and focusing on blogging, but even that can get a little out of hand at times! Finding balance is key

  17. Great post, I’m starting to do this. I need to limit my time so I turned my notifications off and on weekends try not to go on at all. I need to spend more time reading books! Scrolling can get too much sometimes.

  18. Aside from WordPress (and maybe now on twitter because I have to expand my audience) , I don’t really use much my phone. Instagram increases my anxiety, and I feel I don’t have much to do on Facebook. I totally agree that a detox keeps you being present and in the moment, and that social media induces FOMO especially in our generation, which is not very healthy. Thanks for sharing this, Hannah! 😌💕

  19. I just went camping for a week and didn’t have any service and I work remotely where I usually don’t have any access. I’ve cut back a lot but still enjoy Twitter for the memes! But I know I wouldn’t be missing much if I walked away for a while, it’s a great freeing feeling. Rachel x

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