Have you ever done a social media detox? I am deleting my IG/FB apps from my phone because I need a break.
I am joining my friend and a few others on a Summer Without Social Media starting Monday, June 10-August 1, 2019. I am coming back on the scene a little earlier because my birthday and I have some fabulous things planned. So I will return July 25th.
Enough about me. Going off social media can seem extreme, drastic, and challenging. We are literally addicted to it. The notifications, the likes, comments, etc release dopamine in our systems and gives us a high, it is scientifically proven.
But how many of you know that everything must unplug sometimes to be plugged in again to work optimally? Do you know the same is for you?
Here’s what I know: I need to breathe. I need to be present this summer before I turn over into a new year. I am expecting great things to happen in my new season.
On the real, I know how nervous you can be on going dark, but I assure you it is a chance to recalibrate. Here is some advice and tips on taking the plunge.
We take better care and protect our phones more than we do ourselves. We make sure the battery never dies, if it does, we quickly recharge it.
If we only invested this much time in self.
When is the last time you recharged yourself? Where you truly unplugged from all electronics and social media platforms before plugging back in. There are times we just need to refresh and relax before the recharge.
There doesn’t need to be a profound reason/epiphany to step away from social media and devices. If you are just tired of scrolling through your feed looking at the same ol’ same ol’ then maybe it is time.
Many of us fail to realize the occasional ‘surfin’ is affecting our productivity, If so, it is time for a detox.
Throw the whole phone away.
Ok nothing that drastic, maybe not throw…but PUT the phone away.
Here’s what happens when you unplug from the matrix:
1.) No one notices that you have disappeared. No one cares you are off the grid.
If you don’t think so, deactivate/log off your accounts and tell no one. You will soon join me at the dinner table for a dessert: humble pie. Out of sight, out of mind. No one notices, no one reaches out at all. If they did notice, they didn’t tell me.
In fact, my first social media detox it took one of my friends at the end of week two of my ghosting to realize I was off the grid.
“Are you off Instagram and Twitter,” she asked.
“Girl I have been off for almost 3 weeks now,” I revealed.
Eventually more of my friends did notice, but I had been nearly off for six weeks by then.
Your family, friends, followers, and whomever get caught up in their own life with their problems, day to day, etc. and aren’t paying it any attention. Neither should you, this is a time for you to be more mindful and present in the moment. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, it will be there once you return.
Sidebar:*** If you are a business account or have a huge following this need not apply. But you should have funnels built out to ensure you continue to bring in revenue.
I hate when people make grandiose announcements that they are taking a much needed break from their social platforms. This is attention seeking to me and unnecessary.
Just ghost us. Will see you when you return.
2. People will reach out to you more because you are not as accessible.
How many of us send DMs and also text
our friends at the SAME time?
How about when it is your birthday and everyone posts to your Facebook wall with all the warm fuzzies?
But your phone is dry.
Not a call, text, or smoke signal sent. I can admit, I am quick to post a happy birthday message to the ‘book’ and check the box complete.
But do I follow up with a call or text to my friend’s phone? No.
Isn’t shouting you out on the ‘gram or Facebook enough? It isn’t.
I must admit that once I was off my social media, there weren’t many notifications coming through to my phone.
Once my friends realized I was off the grid, the phone calls and texts were more frequent. When you aren’t as accessible people have the time to miss you in a sense.
Being off the grid for a moment gave a chance for my friends and family to miss me enough to call and reach out.
3. More time for Self-Care and Productivity
My addiction to my phone and social media was out of control. I’m embarrassed to say how much face time I was giving my phone.
If you are an iPhone user, then you may know a recent update tracks how many times you pick up your phone each day, the average amount you spend on it a week, and even identifies your most frequented apps.
There is even an option where you can monitor and limit the amount of time you spend on certain apps. I have to give kudos to Apple for bringing some awareness to our daily obsessions.
I had mentioned to my doctor about my lack of sleep and feeling anxious throughout the day. She asked me how did I start my day and how I ended my day. I ran down my routine.
Check and answer work emails.
Scroll through social media.
Brush my teeth.
Listen to music.
Scroll through social m-
And there it was, the root of my sleepless nights and anxiety throughout the day. My doctor suggested I leave my phone on the other side of the room at night and get an alarm clock. Also, to not check social media first thing and only schedule an amount of time to be on.
I just decided to go cold turkey altogether and immediately saw a difference with my new routine. I quickly realized how easy it was to relax when I wasn’t glued to my phone.
I slept better, longer, and deeper.
I also amped up my self-care routine.
I started with daily affirmations and my devotionals, those periodic facials became everyday routine. I even had time for bubble baths and to just sit still and pray.
When you don’t have social media to occupy your time, I guarantee your productivity level will grow exponentially. I am a great starter, but horrible finisher. I would start a project and then get distracted by a few minutes of scrolling that turned into hours on social media.
During my detox, I was able to optimize my time and my productivity level increased dramatically.
This also helped with reducing my anxiety because I actually completed tasks in a timely manner.
I read more of my bible, finished three books, exercised more, and even got in the kitchen…not just to eat, but cook! I started keto and so meal prepping was essential.
My productivity at work even increased and helped me when I moved into my bigger office.
When boundaries are set and social media is limited, my anxiety is controlled and I am more productive.
4. No Longer Keeping Up with the Joneses
Social media is powerful in a positive and negative way. Have you ever logged on and immediately your energy shifted from what you saw on your feed or timeline?
One post, like, comment, or share can affect your mind, body, and spirit. And before we know it, we are playing the comparison game.
You can’t compare your real life to someone else’s controlled online content. We easily forget and compare our behind the scenes to the the highlight reels shown on social media.
We must be careful on the content we feed our souls. The content we engage or consume can positively shape or negatively impact.
There is a constant comparison of relationship goals, accomplishments, careers, etc. that if not checked can become very toxic.
When I was off social media I focused only on me. This detox helped me to become more centered and only focus on my goals and path.
Social media can be a distraction and slow down your progress if allowed. So it is important to set periodic breaks to refocus on just you and not compare it to anyone else’s.
Do you feel like you cannot live without social media?
Have you overcome it and found a balance?
If so, what are some tips that you can share about how to unplug from technology and social media?