Taking A Social Media Break Is A Thing
Doesn’t it sound silly to write a post about how to ease into a social media break? It seems silly because it seems so easy to do, yet in fact going cold turkey on social media can be quite difficult. The truth is, technology is everywhere and unavoidable to the point that we are accustomed to rely on our phones, tablets, computers, etc. With the easy access to technology comes an easy access to social media.
Social Media is Good Too
Don’t get me wrong, I think social media is great. I have connected with so many wonderful people that I never thought I would have had the opportunity to connect with if it was not for social media. And for that I am forever grateful. Ever since I started blogging, it has led me to be more active on social media, and with the changes to Instagram’s algorithm, it requires more time dedication. However, being on social media can be subconsciously addicting and we lose that aspect of being present and enjoying the moment and life. Most of the time, things on social media can wait.
Therefore, there are practices that I have done that helped me ease into a social media break. Basically, it has helped strike a proper balance. I feel more present day to day and can also enjoy the perks and benefits of social media as well.
4 Tips to Ease Into a Social Media Break
- Phone face down.
If you have your phone out in front of you and you are with other people, put your phone face down. That way you don’t get distracted by the notifications popping up on your phone. If you are like me, when I see something pop up, I am tempted to respond right away. Of course if you have something urgent, I recommend setting an alarm. For instance, I need to take my medications at the same time every evening and they usually occur during dinner time. So I have my phone by me so I can hear the alarm and remind me to take my meds.
- Leave it in your purse.
If you are still tempted to check your phone even if it is face down, leave your phone in your purse (or coat, etc). During meals and important family gatherings and parties, I don’t want to touch my phone. Once I do, I go in a rabbit hole checking social media. So just leave it some place safe and come back to it when you truly need it.
- Select a designated time.
I also find dedicating a specific time during the day (or evening) for social media really helps me. That way it does not interfere with the rest of your day or evening and whomever you are with knows when they can engage with you. For someone who is a blogger it has helped Tre and I a lot because we both know what to expect during this dedicated time. Social media is a lot of work when it is a big aspect of running your business. This dedicated time helps me also enjoy social media versus trying to fit it into my life.
- Turn off social media notifications.
Similar to #1 and #2, that way you are not tempted to want to check your phone all the time. Like I said, most of the things occurring on social media can wait. There are different ways someone can reach out to you if it is important or urgent.
I hope these tips will help you with easing into a social media break. After you have become accustomed to these, taking a real social media break (or some like to call it a social media detox) will be much easier. I have taken social media detoxes and it is so refreshing (maybe a bit too much haha – YOLO!). I usually take these breaks during the weekend. Being away from it has helped me feel refreshed and avoid the ‘blogger burnout’, and I have become more present.
Have you taken social media breaks? What other tips do you have?