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.
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.
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.
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!