Is Social Media Making You Lose your Grace? Here’s How to Step Away for Your Own Sanity
Over the last decade, social media has become a global obsession.
Any downtime now consists of scrolling mindlessly through our feed, documenting and comparing our lives with complete strangers.
Not only is social media a huge time suck, but it can have a negative effect on your mental health as well.
There have been multiple studies that link social media use to depression, anxiety, loneliness and even suicide.
And if you haven't yet watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I highly suggest you do.
For this reason, it’s so important to distance yourself from social media as much as possible. Here are a few simple ways to step away from your phone and give yourself some much-needed time in the real world.
Limit Your Time
This may be an obvious suggestion but it’s one that the majority of people don’t follow through with.
Instead of being on your phone from sun up to sun down, be intentional about the time you spend scrolling each day.
Decide how much time you will allow yourself on social media and set a timer in the morning.
Once that timer goes off, you’re done for the day.
You can still get your Facebook fix in small doses and have the rest of the day to focus on more important things – spending time with family, taking a walk and enjoying the beauty of the world around you.
Take A Social Media Detox
Stepping away from social media for a period of time can do wonders for your mental health.
A detox allows you to distance yourself from the triggers, the negativity and the mindless scrolling.
It gives you a chance to jump back into the real world and make time for what is really important.
The benefits of a social media detox have been known to include better sleep, less stress and anxiety, more productivity and a chance to get those creative juices flowing.
The time period is up to you – it can be anything from one week to a whole year, it just depends on what you feel you need.
Once you take a little time off, you may find that you don’t want to jump back into the social media whirlwind.
Turn Off Your Notifications
I have ALL of my notifications - social media, text, email and phone calls completely OFF on my phone!
This simple step can be huge when it comes to limiting your social media use.
It’s nearly impossible to get anything done when your phone is constantly buzzing with new notifications about recent posts and updates.
Our FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) usually gets the best of us and we get pulled into that world of fake perfection, silly memes and pictures of what some Instagram mom ate for lunch.
It sucks up time and brain cells that you never get back.
Without those notifications, your phone isn’t constantly buzzing, reminding you to check it every 5 minutes.
It can do a world of good for your productivity and your mental health.
Get Yourself a Hobby
A great way to limit your social media use is to start a hobby outside of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Find something that piques your interest – try your hand at painting, grow a garden or write that novel that’s always been in your head.
Make a list of all the things that interest you or that you’ve always wanted to try. Pick one and roll with it. Start distancing yourself from the online world and jump into real life doing something much more constructive than mindlessly scrolling for hours on end.
Social media can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a huge time suck as well as damaging to your mental health.
Start looking up from your phone and spend more time offline, enjoying the world you live in.
Questions to Consider: How is spending so much time on social media making you feel? Do you feel like you spend too much time there? Which platform do you spend the most time on?
Action Step: If you're recognizing that taking a step back from social media could benefit you, create a plan for how you'll begin to distance yourself.
Jot down in your Creating Calm Journal what time limits you might want to put on your social media use and why?
Start brainstorming how and when you might take a social media detox.
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