9 Benefits Of A Social Media Detox
We've all been there... it's a Monday morning and our alarm goes off to get out of bed for work and we so badly want to start the week off strong and fit in some time for exercise or cleaning or reading or anything else that we enjoy. But, thirty minutes later we realize we've just scrolled through every social media platform known to humankind and now we have a late start for the work day. Or, even worse, we realize that we've entered the dangerous comparison game that social media often comes with.
I'm the first to admit the benefits of social media — there's nothing better than being able to connect with so many people on different platforms — but lately, I've also come to realize the importance of a social media detox. Don't worry, I'm not saying that you should never go on social media again (I'm a blogger, after all, let's be real) I'm just saying that taking a few days away from it is always a good thing! And once you step away from it for a while, you'll be able to form healthier social media habits for the long-term.
9 Benefits of a Social Media Detox
1. You'll have more "you" time. Take a moment to reflect on how much time you spend staring at your phone screen each day. Is it a half hour? An hour? A few hours? Now, imagine using that time to do something you completely love doing — exercising, reading, crafting, hiking or anything else under the sun. Doesn't that sound so much more inspiring and fun than scrolling through your Facebook feed?
2. No more comparison game! I'm sure we've all been in a situation where social media has brought our spirits down, whether it's seeing our friends out having a blast (#FOMO!) or comparing ourselves to someone we may think is better/smarter/stronger/prettier/etc. Well, rather than ending up 6 months deep in that person's Instagram feed, let's take the time to realize what we love about ourselves and remember that no one has a perfect life — we only see the flashes of "perfect" moments they share on social media.
3. You can develop strong morning and evening routines. Am I the only one who used to spend upwards of 30 minutes every morning and about 2 hours each night just scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? No? Well, if you're in that boat, imagine how awesome it would be to develop super strong morning and evening routines that DON'T include social media. You can make time for exercise, yoga, stretching, podcasts, crafting, TV shows that inspire you or anything else with all that free time you're clearin' up!
4. You'll be able to thoroughly enjoy each moment through your own eyes rather than a screen. What was something you've experienced in the past month that was super exciting/inspiring/fun? Were you watching it through your own eyes or through a screen? If your answer was "Well, Kelly, I guess I actually was recording it on my Instastories now that ya mention it..." then we have some work to do. I completely understand wanting to capture the great moments and be able to watch them over and over, but you'll feel so much better if you just enjoy it and take it all in. And, you'll start to realize how many people see their lives through their phones and that concept will become crazy to you!
5. You'll enjoy the company of others. When you're not busy trying to capture the perfect angle of your delicious dinner and fruity cocktail, you'll have more freedom to actually enjoy the company of the person that you're out with. When you're out with family or friends, try to keep your phone in your pocket or handbag as much as possible and just have a good time talking! You'll be surprised by how easily a conversation can flow when you just put your phone down and engage with the people around you.
6. You won't feel obligated to check in every minute/hour/day. And that is such a freeing feeling! Rather than turning to social media at every free moment you have, you'll be able to do more productive tasks instead. You'll learn to be okay with not watching all of those snapchat stories or not scrolling through your entire Instagram feed before moving on to the next item on your to-do list, making your days a lot more efficient!
7. You'll have more focus. Since you're not taking small breaks throughout the day to look at every platform, you'll be able to stay more focused and concentrated. It's impossible not to lose your train of thought or momentum the minute you look at your phone, so by keeping it away during work or school hours, you'll find yourself being so much more productive and a lot more clear-minded!
8. You'll find your true passions. Since you have more time to focus on what you love and what makes you happy, you're bound to have some huge revelations about what exactly those things are. You may find more things you're passionate about or develop new ideas that you want to pursue. For me, that included figuring out a new direction that I want to take my blog in — I'm excited to put more of a focus on wellness and how we can find joy and inspiration in every aspect of our lives from our careers to relationships to style.
9. Hopefully, you'll inspire those around you. Once your friends and loved ones see how much happier, inspired and productive you are after your social media detox, they'll definitely want to try it out for themselves! Then, all of us will be able to enjoy each other's company and lead much more efficient and happy lifestyles together! Imagine how amazing that would be?!
Have you ever thought about taking a break from social media? If you've tried out a detox, share your experience in the comments below!