There’s no doubt about it; social media is addicting. There’s always something new being posted across your various social networking accounts, and there is always someone or something to keep yourself entertained and engaged. Often, many of us have a love-hate relationship with social media because we love spending time browsing our feeds and boards but, sometimes, we hate how much of our time is spent scrolling through the masses. If you have ever felt consumed or overly distracted by your phone or social media, this blog post is for you! We are going to go over why it’s essential for everyone to do a digital detox and how to do it. Self-care is a hot topic right now and while a digital detox isn’t as glamorous as a Lush bath bomb, a shopping spree at Target, or taking a long weekend it is something that will help bring you back into focus and could really be life-changing.
What are some signs that you, your spouse, or your kids need a digital detox? Great question, I am glad you asked! Here are the top five signs that a digital detox is needed, ASAP:
- Your phone is the first thing you look at in the morning & the last thing at night. Yikes. If you’re playing on your phone before you go to bed and notice that you’re having a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep, your phone could be the culprit. The light from our phones and laptops really messes with our eyes.
- You bring your phone everywhere. Remember when you used to have to read a magazine or shampoo bottle while you did your business in the bathroom (gasp)? If you feel distraught when you don’t have your phone for trips to the restroom, eating a meal, or while standing in line at the DMV then it may be time for you to do a digital detox. Your brain shouldn’t be constantly entertained, let it wander once in a while.
- You forgot what you enjoy. Ever find yourself doing something for the sole purpose of getting an IG worthy pic? Stop doing things just for the gram. Now, if you love your weekly pottery class, stop taking your phone into your class and posting all about it on IG. Use that time to fully-emerge yourself and enjoy what you love. Not everything needs to be shared.
- You constantly compare yourself to others. Do not let yourself get caught up in the comparison game on social media. The pictures that people are posting are highlights. Nobody is sharing their behind-the-scenes, messy moments (we all have them). I do not care how awesome someone’s life looks like on social media; nobody has a perfect life. Bottom line.
- Other people’s posts annoy you. If you are catching yourself getting annoyed by someone for the types of posts they are posting, then it is time to click ‘unfollow.’ If someone does not add value to your life or if they disturb your peace, then it is time to cut the cord.
We at Shoreline Communications would like to challenge you to partake in our Digital Detox Challenge! Personally, we decided to try it out for 30 days and after 30 days it felt SO good to not be as dependent on our devices that now we incorporate many of these guidelines on a regular basis. It took us a few hours to organize content on our laptop and delete old screenshots that were no longer needed, but knowing exactly where all of my files are makes me feel 110% more organized as I work throughout the day. The one tactic that we found the most difficult was not looking at our personal social media accounts before noon. Obviously, we had to look at our business profiles and respond to any messages or comments, but it was certainly a struggle to not scroll through our personal feeds.
The Digital Detox Challenge: What You Need to do Today
- No social media before noon.
- No social media an hour before bed.
- Unsubscribe from unwanted emails.
- Unfollow people on social media that do not add value to your life.
- Eat your meals without your phone.
- Go phone free for a consecutive 8 hours once a week.
- Clean out your inbox and organize your emails into folders.
- Organize content on your laptop into folders.
- Delete apps on your phone that you do not use.
- Delete old contacts.
- Delete photos/videos that you do not need anymore.
- Turn off notifications.
- Create designated times to look and browse on your phone.
Earlier, I said doing a digital detox can be life-changing. I am not being dramatic, if you incorporate a handful (or all) of the digital detox tactics in your life on a regular basis you could experience the following:
- More free time
- Increased productivity
- Enhanced awareness
- Higher self-esteem
- Better sleep
- Personal growth
- Decreased anxiety
- Increased alertness
- Enhanced relationships with friends, family, and coworkers
- Increased concentration
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Let us know in the comment section below how you felt after completing the digital detox challenge & if you are going to incorporate any of the guidelines in your daily routine!