Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and now Periscope are all so ADDICTIVE— there I said it. Yup, I admit I’m a social media junkie (junkie may be extreme, but you get the point).
I’m the girl who will say to myself, I’m going to check in on my Facebook group for about five minutes and the next thing you know 30 minutes or an hour has passed and I’m still on there scrolling through post (please tell me I’m not the only one).
And then I’m wondering where the heck did the time go?
Social media is a great way to keep up with family and friends, meet new people and grow your business.
What I’m slowly realizing is that it can also be a huge time waster if you’re consuming too much of it and you’re not getting as much as you could done.
A social media detox is simply unplugging from social media for a specific amount of time, this can be a day, weekend or even 30 days.
I’ve unplugged/detoxed from social media in the past for a weekend and once even a whole week and this is what I learned about myself…
- I need to unplug more frequently and be more present in my life.
- I need to delete apps off my phone to avoid temptation of logging on while detoxing.
- I won’t lose all my followers just because I choose to take mini breaks.
- I pick up my phone way too much just to check and see what’s happening on social media.
- In order for me to get things done, I need to be strategic with how much time I’m spending on social media.
Here are four reasons why you may need a social media detox:
1. You’re wasting too much time
If you’re spending more time checking Facebook or live tweeting your favorite TV show and you don’t know your purpose in life then I need you to unplug immediately. Take time and figure out who you are, what you want for your life and how you’re going to make it happen.
2. Too much drama and negativity
Does it seem like every time you log on it’s always drama going on or people sharing way too much of their personal business. And somehow you get caught up reading post after post + the comments of what others have to say. It’s too much! Eliminate unnecessary negative energy by either unfollowing some people or take a break from it so you can get your life in order.
3. You’re comparing your life to others
When you find yourself comparing your life to others and wishing you had what they choose to share with you on social media then it’s time for a detox. Comparison stems from you not being happy with your own life, so you’re living through someone else’s. Comparison also keeps you stuck and prevents you from seeing the beauty in your own life.
4. You’re not getting anything done
You complain about your life. You’re not reaching your goals. You procrastinate all the time. Have you ever taken the time to figure out why you have these habits? It’s hard to do that if you’re constantly zoning out on social media and never working on improving your own life.
So where do you start?
This is all up to you, you can choose a day, weekend, or a maybe even a full week, it all just depends on what feels good to you.
It’s so easy to get caught up in pinning, tweeting, scoping, liking, commenting and be lost in the social media world for hours. And then you wonder why you’re not further along in life, maybe it’s because you’re too busy watching everyone live their life and you’re not living yours.
Whatever timeframe you choose, replace the time that you would have spent on social media and work on you. Read a book, spend some “me” time with yourself, and start working on the goals you’ve been putting off for a long time.
Post by Siobhan Sudberry
Life coach Siobhan Sudberry is the creator of BeFree Project. BeFree Project recently launched the Free Your Mind E-Course for anyone who’s consumed by negative thoughts and is ready to change their life. You can follow BeFree Project on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Facebook.
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