Whether we wanted to admit it or not, we are all hooked on social media and spend some decent time scrolling through news feed when bored. We keep checking our Instagram and Facebook, messaging, liking and this leaves us deprived of real life connection and cuts that free time we would spend on some constructive activities. We get soaked up in all kinds of random information that at the end of the day we feel overwhelmed. This is why a social media detox or digital detox is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so here are 5 tips to help you ditch social media addiction and help live a more fulfilled life.
- No phone before bed
Here is the scenario: you get home from work, tired, ready to fall asleep, take a quick look at your social media, and the next thing you know is you fall asleep at 2AM. Social media not only takes you time, but deprives you of some quality sleep, and we all know how important that is. To avoid this, before going to bed, make sure you put your phone on a charger in another room. Once this becomes a habit you’ll be happy you treated yourself with some decent sleep.
- Schedule social media activity
We live in a world where not having a social media equals not having a TV in the nineties. It is how we keep in touch with other people, but do we really need to check our inboxes constantly? One of the things you can do is simply schedule your social media activity. It could be three times a day, or only once, the choice is yours.
- Use only the most important apps
There are some apps which are really important, but there are others you don’t use regularly. Delete unnecessary apps from your phone and tablets and leave only those that you really need every day. They take your storage space, don’t influence your life in a major way or affect your network, therefore – you don’t need them.
- Laptop/tablet only
One of the absolute ways to get a digital detox is simply by using the phone for what it was used before – phone calls and messages. For all the social media activity use your laptop and tablet. This is great because you will be able to keep in touch, but all be able to keep your hands off the phone.
- For the brave: delete the apps you use the most
While deactivating a profile is tricky as you sometimes really have to keep up with latest news from friends and events, what you can do is delete the apps you use the most, like Facebook and Instagram. The advantage here is that you will still be able to check your profiles when you are on your computer, but won’t have 24h access.
Enjoy your digital detox and good luck!