The use of social media has enriched our lives in many ways if used correctly and moderately. Can encourage you to stay connected with family, friends and can also contribute to your happiness, education, self-esteem, self-confidence, and prevent loneliness. On the contrary, there is a toxic and addictive side of the heavy use of social media. This is exactly why more people are looking into the idea of a digital detox. A digital detox is a great thing to do for ourselves, even if it’s only for a day or a few hours.
Why should you go on a digital detox?
If the thought of being without social media for even an hour bothers you, you need a break from the internet right now. We need to give ourselves a break from our screens and distractions.
Heavy use of social media can cause depression/anxiety. If you already struggle with mental health, social media can affect your mood negatively. Because you fear that people might be having fun without you and you see all this “perfect” version of people’s lives and we tend to compare our life with what we see on social media. Also, can cause you poor sleeping patterns. And nobody wants that.
How to do it?
- Start slow. Start by staying offline for an hour, then 2 hours…and if you succeed in doing that take a whole day off of social media.
- Choose the extent you want to do this.
- The reason why.
- If you want to stay away from all your devices.
- Know what you’re going to do during your detox time whether it’s planning out your day, writing in a journal, working out, reading, painting. It’s much easier to fill the time when you have something to do.
Digital detox ideas:
- Have breakfast without any technology.
- Turn off your notifications
- Log out from all your social media accounts or delete your social media apps for the day
- Set an alarm for the end of the day when it’s “detox time.”.
- Stay away from your phone an hour before and after sleep.
- Schedule 1 hour after you come home from work to settle down.
- Schedule time to go through Instagram or your email.
- Get a real alarm clock and put your phone somewhere other than next to your bed.
The benefits of a digital detox
- More time for hobbies and yourself
- Time to grow and learn new skills
- Develop our character strengths
- Better connections with other people
- You’ll feel calmer and more relaxed
- You can be more productive and more efficient
- Helps you rest easier
- You can be more creative
Digital detox days can be very simple. And it’s so important to take a break from all these stimulating devices. Let me know if you’d like to do a digital detox and what you’d do on a day like that!
See you in the next post 😊