Yep, I deleted all of my social media apps from my phone. To be honest, it had to be done.
The world we are living in right now is just full of too much negativity and hatred for my liking. I couldn’t open any app on my phone without feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and just negative in general. That’s how I knew it was time to do a social media detox.
I will admit, I love social media. It gives me something to do in my spare time. Every time I have thought about doing a social media detox or “break” in the past, I would try it, but I would find myself redownloading the various apps only a few hours later.
How Social Media Was Impacting My Life
This time though, it was different. The negativity was simply getting to me. It wasn’t just one instance in general, it was a collection of all the negativity that the world is experiencing right now. In being a person who has battled through depression and anxiety, I know firsthand that the thoughts we give way to are the thoughts that consume the vast majority of our minds.
In allowing all of this negativity into my life, I was starting to fall back into old habits. It was becoming challenging to focus on anything good, I was starting to feel as if this cloud was starting to constantly hover over me, and overall, life was starting to become less joyful.
You might be thinking to yourself that your thoughts don’t impact your physical presence. But for me, they were starting to.
I was finding myself constantly tossing and turning into the early hours of the morning not being able to fall asleep.
I felt as though there was this invisible weight compressing my chest making it incredibly difficult for me to breathe.
Every time I would go out on a run, I would start to get side-stitches because my breathing was so off and my body was constantly tense.
Now I get it, everybody needs to know what is going on in the world right now as change is long overdue, but social media simply wasn’t helping me, it was only hurting. The way I see it, if I want to be my best for others, then I first need to be my best for me.
When To Do A Social Media Detox
Most people probably won’t admit how much of an impact social media has on their life. Hey, I’m right there with you. Doing this social media detox has had its moments where all I want to do is sit and scroll through my phone, and it’s times like these that make me realize just how addicted I have allowed myself to get to social media.
If you are finding that social media is impacting or setting your overall mood for the day, it’s probably a good time to do a social media detox.
If you can’t go a few hours or even a day without looking at social media, it’s probably a good idea to do a social media detox.
If the thought of deleting social media from your phone is enough to cause panic and stress, you definitely need to do a social media detox.
The thing with social media is that it’s much like the news. Just as the news is going to cover stories on whatever is going to sell headlines, people on social media are going to post whatever is going to get them more views, likes, and followers.
Yes, as a society, we have allowed social media to determine our value as beings.
How To Do A Social Media Detox
It’s actually super easy. You just open up your phone, and delete all of the social media apps. That’s it.
The challenging part is not caving into the times you want to re-download all of your social media accounts because you want to know what your friend Becky is wearing or want to see the sweet new shoes your friend Bobby got. If you are itching to check in and see what everybody else is doing, text them, call them, or better yet, go hang out with them in person.
You don’t need social media to stay in touch with the people who matter most to you. If you care about somebody or consider somebody to be a “friend” of yours, you will know how to get in touch with them outside of social media. If you don’t, then is it really a strong relationship you even need to be worried about?
How I Feel During This Social Media Detox
Granted it’s only been two weeks since I deleted everything, it honestly feels really good. Sure, there are times where I am bored and will open my phone out of habit to check all of the various social media accounts that used to exist on my homepage, but as soon as I remember that I deleted them, I go find something more productive to do with my time.
As for my mood, well, I’m happy to say that I am in much better spirits. I hope you can tell through my sense of humor within this post that I am happy, joyful, and overall, just feel lively. I can’t say I would feel the same way if I didn’t decide to do a social media detox.
Before You Go
I get it, some people rely on social media as a way to grow and expand their business. If so, then a social media detox may not be the best option for you. Instead, challenge yourself to only use social media for business purposes, unfollow all of the accounts that are posting negative and hateful posts, even go as far as to create a business profile for yourself and use that only for business purposes. Everything else, simply delete it.
I’m sure I will be back on social media in the near future, but I have made a commitment to myself to return only when I can open up an app and not be swarmed with negativity. Right now, there is just too much of it and it isn’t benefiting me in any way whatsoever. That’s the reason as to why I am doing a social media detox.