There’s no denying that social media has become a huge part of modern life. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter help us stay connected with loved ones, catch up on news, and discover both beautiful destinations and inspiring people. Yet you may find that spending hours on end scrolling through various feeds can leave you feeling anxious, drained, or dissatisfied. The reason why I wrote these tips because so many people, include me, can’t control when they are on the phone. At this time, I’ll share to you tips about how to detox from social media. Read these tips, hope you enjoy!
- Delete Your Social Apps
Now before you insist that you can’t quit cold turkey, rest assured that this is a temporary measure. Take social media off of your phone for 12 hours and remind yourself that you can easily reinstall it. Once the experiment is over, the idea of limiting yourself will feel so much more doable.
2. Detox With a Buddy
Whether your objective is to get fit, lose weight, or spend less time on social media, having someone to hold you accountable can make all the difference. Find a loved one who is interested in “detoxing” with you and then discuss how both of you plan on following through. Turn off your phone and start talking with your buddy.
3. Identify What Apps You’re Using Most
Download an app that helps you break down how much time you’re spending on your apps. Turn off your phone if you spend a long time with your phone.
4. Talk to Your Friends and Family
In some ways, the people closest to you know you better than you know yourself. Ask your loved ones what they’ve noticed about your relationship with your phone. You may discover you’ve unwittingly picked up some bad tendencies, like checking your phone mid-conversation or texting at the dinner table.
5. Redesign Your Lockscreen
Price created a lock screen that prompts you to ask yourself three questions: What for? Why now? What else? The questions remind you to question whether or not you picked up your phone with purpose. Sometimes it’s a tick and sometimes you pick it up because you’re feeling lonely or bored. The point of this exercise isn’t to beat yourself up for checking your phone, but to understand your own habits.
6. Give Your Phone a Bed Time
Tell yourself that after a certain hour (like 9pm), your phone goes into its charging station and is out of commission until the next day. Smart tip: Move your charging station from your bedside table to an area out of arm’s reach. The less access you have to it, the less likely you are to explore social media until the wee hours. Ultimately, your goal should be to get your phone out of your bedroom entirely.
In addition to helping you manage stress and sleep better, meditation can help you be more mindful when it comes to what you’re doing, including how you’re using social media. If you need some guidance, watch a few relaxing meditation videos or download a popular app.
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