9 Powerful Benefits to a Social Media Detox
If you are reading this, it might mean that you are searching to de-stress.
We often hear of influencers of all kinds taking a ‘social media detox’ but what does that exactly mean?
Our generation is built on social media. There are an incredible amount of platforms that you can easily tap on to be shown what is going on all over the world. It’s an incredible thing but it definitely can come at a cost.
Why can social media be damaging?
The truth is, the instant gratification that we so often seek from a ‘like’ here or a ‘swipe there’ can be quickly met by feelings of inadequacy.
For example, Instagram is an extremely popular platform where you will find influencers of all kinds. These influencers show their lifestyles of acai bowls and avocado toasts for breakfast – or they show their expensive clothes and their cool cars. Maybe they are in Bali one week, and in Paris the next. Whatever you may be looking at, it’s in your face and it’s extreme. Happy thoughts quickly turn to negative thoughts.
Try not to compare yourself.
It’s easy to start to compare your life to these ideals of the ‘perfect person’ when it’s all that you see.
The truth is, you are not being shown the reality of any of these situations. In no shape or form would I ever want to belittle these people – but I just want to bring to light the reality that no one shows the rough times in one’s life. Everyone is a real person with real imperfections and it’s important to remember that when you find yourself comparing your life to theirs.
What can you do when social media becomes too much?
As we’ve mentioned, social media can be toxic to your mental health. It’s important to take moments to step away from it all so you can re-evaluate your mental space.
A few months ago, when Isolation hit – I found myself weighed down and stressed from social media. I found it extremely powerful to put my phone down, and take a breath. I had to accept that my mental health was more important than anything on social media. The internet will always be there. You have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone or anything else.
Here are 9 things that I did to help me during my social media detox to feel better!
I could not stress this enough. It’s important to remind yourself of your blessings in life. No blessing is “too small”. On social media, it’s easy to think someone has ‘more than you’ or you don’t have enough of them. While you are taking a break from it – remind yourself how lucky you are to have what you have right now.
I find that after writing down even just a few, I feel a lot better!
2. Create an awesome, healthy, daily routine
Take your time and create a plan that energizes, motivates, and makes you happy! Start with writing out a plan that starts your morning off right and go from there! Work in your healthy food you want to eat, what work-outs you’d like to do.
I love including time to do whatever you want to do – paint, sing, write, ANYTHING! It’s important to create a plan that leaves you feeling fulfilled with your day.
Just remember to leave social media out for now.
3. Surround yourself with positivity
You often hear the term, “you are who you surround yourself with” and I truly believe that. Sometimes that means you have to distance some people in real life during your social media detox – and that’s okay.
But above all – YOU are your biggest company. YOU are the person you spend the most time with. Meaning, I believe that you have to do whatever you can to make sure that you surround yourself with positivity. Whatever this may be.
Some ways to surround yourself with positivity:
- Find and listen to podcasts that inspire you
- Read a book (new or old) that you find lights you up and you enjoy
- Make playlists of your favourite music that brightens your spirit
- Reach out to a loved family/friend that truly sparks a light in you
- Do something you love to do that you haven’t done in awhile
4. Spend time improving yourself
My biggest advice is to spend time on yourself daily. If there is anything you take away from your social media detox – it is that you figure out what you need to do to improve yourself. The goal is to work on one thing every single day that makes you proud of yourself.
Dive into your self-care routine and really spend time figuring out the technicalities. Get deep!
5. Get your finances in order
Take this moment to get your money management in order. Save money by allocating where and when all of your bills are coming in and out. Make saving plans and coordinate your goals for the upcoming month.
6. Spend time with your loved one(s)
Pull up your favourite movie, invite them to join you and get close (if you can).
When I was feeling down and out the other week, Cam made sure to flick on my favourite movies, get the blankets and snacks out and sit through a little movie marathon with me.
Sometimes the best therapy you need is to just turn it all off, and tune into something else.
You can find some fun, new ways to spend time together – even when stuck inside!
7. Learn something new
Spend your time off with improving your knowledge. Now, I don’t necessarily mean school or career wise. I mean something that you are generally interested in that you want to improve.
Some things you can learn from:
- Watch a few TED talks that inspire you
- Invest in an online course that peaks your interest
- Enter that MasterClass you’ve been staring at
- Practice that guitar in the corner of your room
- Read some blogs and/books that teach you something new
8. Start your journal
Okay, I am a huge advocate of journaling. If you’ve read my past posts on achieving your goals, or learning how to set goals, you know that I believe that visualizing and writing it down is so impactful. You can create and manifest your goals into your reality! What better time than to start now? Strengthen that power and learn how to harness the law of attraction!
Take this break as a time to reconnect with yourself. You are such a powerful, strong being and nothing on that phone can take that away from you.
The world is a messy, wild place but you are not. Take this time to appreciate the person that you are, and remember who you are inside.
Ask yourself : Who are you? Who do you hope to become?
When you return to the internet – you will remember that you are stronger than anything that wants to bring you down. Only you know who you are – no one can take that away from you.
Return to the internet more powerful than ever, because, you know what? You’ve lived without it and you THRIVED.
Question: Have you ever taken a social media detox? Would you try it? 🙂
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