How to get away from social media

March 30, 2018

 

Happy Friday! Welcome back to the blog!

 

Recently I’ve been thinking about the importance of having time to yourself, and getting away from technology and social media. I feel like its something that at first, we all believe would be simple and painless. And yet when we really give it thought, and think about a day, two days, a week without social media. We realize just how difficult it would actually be.

 

 

And that is slightly scary. To realize just how tied to it we are. Now I’m not saying that all anyone ever does it just scroll endlessly and lose yourself in the multiple news feeds of pictures, videos and articles. For a lot of people, myself included, social media is a way of communication. Snapchat for instance. Many people use Snap to communicate, instead of texting or something like Facebook Messenger. And yet, you can so easily get lost down the “scrolling alley”, even in an app like Snapchat. So, how do we break this habit? Or, at least, cut back on the eventual hours we spend flicking our finger and scrolling the time away? Today I’m going to try my best to help with this! I’ve collected a few ideas (some my own, some others) for how to end this battle.

Let’s go!

 

The 1 Day Plan. Probably the most simple of the bunch. Just deciding that for one day you are going to set aside the phone, the laptop, the tablet etc. and see how you feel. Maybe even try actually turning off all your devices. That way you won't be distracted by notification sounds or screens lighting up. Try this one day experiment, see how you feel afterwards. Do you sleep better? Less headaches? More Focus? These are all potential benefits you might feel from this. 

 

The 1 Week Plan. This is a much more ambitious idea. But potentially very beneficial! In this case you probably won't be able to shut everything off like I mentioned above, as this is a much longer period of time. Still receiving texts and calls from family or loved ones is important. Some ideas to help you get through a week without social media: put all your social apps in one folder, then move that folder to another page of your phone where you won't as easily run into it. Turn off notifications for your social apps. Head into the settings of your phone and disable the alerts for the apps that send them. The last Idea would be to simply delete all of these apps for a week. Maybe go through and write down all the passwords for your accounts so it's easier to log-in after the week is up.

 

Do Not Disturb. Most phones have some kind of "Do Not Disturb" feature built-in. This can be a more easy way of trying to break the connection. You don't really have to commit to anything, just turn on that feature and you won't receive any notifications! Again, you can usually customize the settings so that family or friends can still text and call. It can be a simple method that keeps you from always swiping on those notifications and ending up on another newsfeed. Try it for a day, maybe a few!

 

10 Minutes. And lastly, one that I believe could be quite helpful and easy. Simply putting your phone away for 10 minutes. You could also combine this with anything from above to make it a little easier! This way you don't necessarily have to abandon technology for days, but still get to experiment with the idea, and possibly go further!

 

And that's all I've got for today! I hope this has been helpful! If you liked this post, feel free to share it with friends or online as it helps out the blog a lot! Thank you for tuning in! If you'd like to read similar posts I've written, there's a new "Related Posts" slider down below you can check out. And don't forget to sign-up for my newsletter here or using the box below, if you want more like this! I'll be back on Monday and Tuesday with more!

 

Have a great weekend, stay safe, and be kind <3

 

-Tobias

 

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