Unplugging: A Week Without Social Media

I already did a social media detox before, but I somehow keep doing it once in a while.

I could be out running errands or working for 8 hours straight, yet I could still spend hours browsing social media sites. Although, some days I’m being responsible and use social media for an hour a day only, there are also days I become addicted to it again. And when this happens, obsessively checking likes, shares, and views, and I start to have insomnia, I know it’s time to take a break already… again.

WHY DETOX?

I really do think that it’s essential to unplug from the online world from time to time. It’s a really good way to protect our mental and emotional health, especially now that the pandemic drove our lives online. I do know that it’s impossible to completely unplug from it, because I, too, have work and there is a need to communicate with other people. So instead, I decided to disconnect from Facebook, Twitter (although I don’t use Twitter anymore), and most importantly, Instagram.

These social media sites are a distraction to me and they make me really unproductive. I don’t know about you, but being stuck at home for a year now and seeing other people progress amidst the pandemic, just puts this pressure on us that we need to keep up and hustle more.

So I did the detox to avoid feeling this way. Plus, I kinda had a mini life crisis and I just don’t know how to cope with it aside from crying every single day ha ha!

WHAT I DID DURING THE DETOX

Funny enough, I didn’t even notice how fast the week has passed. I was a bit scared of deleting the social media apps because I honestly thought I’d crave for it, download it again, and just fail. But after the detox ended, I realized I could go on for another week because, surprisingly, I haven’t thought about it!

I did all my hobbies, my interests, and really, anything I would enjoy. I did things I know would help me get through this crisis. I read, I crocheted, I studied a bit about Marketing! I created my blog’s entire content calendar for March, and I did house chores (I kinda enjoy doing them actually haha).

But most importantly, I really let myself get caught up in every moment.

WHAT I LEARNED AFTER THE DETOX

So here’s what I learned and I think we all know about this, we just sometimes forget about it.

We have all the time in the world

We have all the time in the world. Being away from social media for a week allowed me to focus properly on the things that I do and on the ones that really matter.

Doing my activities during the detox reminded me that we do things for ourselves and at our own pace. And if we keep this in mind and remember it in situations where we feel like the world is telling us how fast we should go in life, really helps us cope with it.

So being pressured? I think that’s something we can’t control, but it’s in our hands to respond to it healthily. You could entirely quit social media or maybe not, but use it wisely. Use it to your advantage and don’t let it harm your tranquility.

Happy Healthy Living!

Justine.