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How to Do a Social Media Detox and Love It

The struggle is real when it comes to the effects of social media. It can be a great way to connect and stay informed, however too much of it can spur feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out) and unrealistic expectations. Now with the current global crisis we are experiencing this can lead to unnecessary anxiety and increased stress.


But you don't have to suffer in silence any longer by taking on the role of "superwoman." I want you to realize that you won't let anyone down because you're not producing the same amount of content as somebody else. So keep reading for tips on how you can do a detox and love it!


Plan It Out

Before disconnecting, write out your goals and feelings beforehand. That way you'll have something to track your progress when you're done. I recommend refraining from digital for a set and specific amount of time and later you can gauge what feels best and most manageable.


Establish a Morning Routine

I bet the first thing you'd normally do would be to check your inbox or dm's? We all have been guilty of this, however during your detox I really encourage you to create and maintain a morning routine that doesn't include anything of a digital nature. Start by getting up to natural sunlight. Then begin your day with some deep breathing exercises and write down what you're most grateful for. You will soon notice the positive affects it has on your entire day.


Pursue a Hobby

Whether it's learning to play the guitar, painting, sewing or learning a foreign language, use the increase in time to pick up a new skill and increase your productivity. Make sure what you pick up will be something that you'll want to continue practicing after your detox.


Practice Daily Self-Care

Improve your mood by taking a bubble bath or making a homemade body scrub. You can also give yourself a manicure, light some aromatherapy candles and meditate. Don't forget to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily as it will keep you alert and focused.


Live in the Moment

By keeping busy you'll notice there's a lot to occupy the time besides scrolling on your smartphone! Like talking, reading and being present in your everyday life.


Gradually Reintroduce it Back

After you've completed your social media detox congratulate yourself! Understand the new perspective you've gained about the world around you. My biggest hope is we all will have a stronger appreciation for the people, places and things that have previously gone underappreciated with a fresh mindset.


Go slow and be mindful of how much time you spend on various platforms. Also be aware of the time you spend on social while with other people. Only follow people that add value and inspire you and get rid of the "noise" of accounts that don't. Be sure to share if and when you plan to detox, I'd love to hear the details of your journey and I'm sure my community would love it as well!


Just an fyi, the goal of a social media detox isn't to eliminate it altogether, but to find away to use it wisely to enhance your life and the lives of others instead of just wasting precious time.


I hope I highlighted the many benefits of social detoxing. Try to make this a ritual on a regular basis to reset yourself back to reality and gain more time for the truly important things in life.


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