A few weeks ago I found myself WAY overindulging in social media. So much so that I noticed my eyes were physically hurting me from staring at screens all day. So ridiculous! In my heart of hearts I know that I don’t need to be scrolling through Instagram all day everyday, but as of late, I’ve been giving myself passes, using the excuse “it’s part of my job”. Eye roll. Three weeks ago I decided I needed a break, my body and my mind were screaming for it, and so I mentally promised myself that for a full 24 hours I would not check social media. In crazy honesty, I don’t think I have ever done that since social media came onto the scene. It is so entrenched in my life. I had no idea what to expect.
Three Sundays ago was my social media detox destiny. The night before I logged out of all my accounts, just to make sure I couldn’t accidentally give into temptation, wished myself well and began a full days journey of not incessantly checking my phone to see what everyone else in the world was doing.
This is what I learned:
1. I am way more mindless than I think I am. One of the major nuances I noticed while detoxing was that in a spare moment, I would mindlessly and almost automatically reach for my phone to check Facebook or Instagram. Why?! That is so crazy! I now try to have purpose for going to social media…key word, try.
2. I care way too much about what other people are doing, and not enough about what I AM doing. Being away from social media was actually freeing, it made me feel in control of my day, rather than mindlessly basing my life based on what I see online. I had no idea I was actually doing it, but I was. We allow the internet to influence our lives and it felt so great to be able to choose again for myself.
3. Probably a given, but limiting social media use makes you WAY more productive. I don’t think I’ve ever been so productive on a Sunday before! You really have no idea how much time you spend staring at a screen, until you don’t allow yourself to do it. If you’re feeling like you are always out of time, I highly suggest a social media detox.
4. I felt a greater sense of inner peace sans social media. There is so much comparison and judgment when it comes to social media. We are human, it happens. People can rub us the wrong way and we let that in to our psyche without even realizing it. I felt so much more centered, self-confident, and at peace with myself, when I wasn’t so caught up with everyone else. So good.
5. Finally, I had SO much more energy! I don’t think I had really realized how much energy social media takes out of me. Starting at screens all day long is just so taxing on the body, mind, and spirit. I truly felt like I had energy to live a full day, which is rare for me, to be honest. I now know that I need to give my eyes and my body a break from technology, it’s a must, because I want to feel good every day, not just social media detox days!
Bottom line, life is better in the real world, not the internet world, so disconnect, unplug, and enjoy!