A few years ago I did a detox from Facebook and now i want to share how to detox from social media and the great benefits it has to your mental health!
My experience detoxing from social media
It was AWESOME!
I was in school at the time so it freed up time to do other things…like you know…in the real world. Instead of scrolling through Facebook and ending up on whoever’s page I would go to the gym, read, get ahead on schoolwork or spend time with my now husband.
Speaking of my spouse he does not have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and I notice that his mindset is different from mine simply because of social media. He has more time to focus on himself and is not as concerned with celebrities, the latest trends or (my favorite) other women.
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How I detoxed
I did not login to Facebook at the time for about 5 months. When I returned, I was not the same. I did not post my everyday life, I did not spend as much time on the app and I did not compare myself as often to others because I was content and happy within myself.
I recently decided that I needed to refocus so I have begun to limit myself again on social media.
So, how can you detox from social media?
First, choose a social media app that takes up your time to detox or do them all.
It may seem difficulty to take time away from where you spend your time the most. This is why it should be done!
Your mind may struggle with deciding which account to deactivate or detox from and that may mean that all must go! Another route to choosing which one is to go on your accounts feed and practice mindfulness.
How do you feel when scrolling through? Are you comparing yourself to others and silently judging? You may feel happy and catch yourself laughing at the latest meme.
Whichever brings you the most negative emotions, a detox is needed!
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Next, decide what your last day is going to be and what day you will return.
Be sure to have a personal goal for when you return, so that it does not take you back into the poor habits you may have had previously.
Then, begin to write or make a mental note of the things you need or want to do during the time you would normally spend on social media.
Learn a new language, complete a reading challenge, practice self care or journal. Any type of activity you do, be sure it is for the improvement of you! Now is the time to focus on your goals, dreams and how you plan to get there.
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After that, enjoy as much social media as possible and inform friends that will normally tag you in things or send you things on social media.
This was the hardest for me! I kept thinking of all of the conversations I would miss out on if I were not on social media. “I’m going to loose contact with my friends”!
It is tempting to go back to soon when your friends are telling you what you may be missing out on. However, I had supportive individuals in my corner and they were sure to remind me that conversations can occur outside of social media.
Remember the point is to focus on yourself not others.
Lastly, delete the app (s). Out of sight out of mind, as the old saying goes.
I would routinely go through my phone and choose whichever account I wanted to scroll through while sitting around. When detoxing I would go through my phone and only find apps for reading books, meditating or breathing techniques to calm any anxiety about not being online.
It worked wonders!