4 day challenge - social media detox ! Are you up for it?

Give yourself the gift of social media detox, feel like doing something special for yourself this year? Join me in 4 days of no social media, 25th-28th December. Or if you’re feeling brave why not do 4 days of no phone, laptop, or tablet. Just experience being in the moment again and be present with your family and friends.

Here are a few good reasons to motivate you.

1. Break the Social Comparison Cycle

Scientists have discovered that most people who use social media end up comparing themselves to the lives of everyone they know. The problem with this is that it can have a serious impact on your self-esteem.

Break away from this unhealthy cycle by taking a break from social media so that you can reconnect with all the awesome things in your life.

2. Protect Your Privacy

Social media is a convenient way to keep in touch and share photos, but it also requires you to give up a lot of your privacy.

3. You’ll Stop Feeling So Competitive

Even if you aren’t aware of it, social media brings out your competitive side. This is because the main basis of social media networks such as Facebook is to attract attention to your posts. Each reaction and comment is a measure of how popular a post is, which can make you strive to outdo others and even yourself.

This type of competitiveness is not healthy, and it can cause anxiety and depression. Take a mental health break by stepping away from social media for a while!

4. Improve Your Overall Mood

Studies have discovered that the more time you spend on a social media site, the more likely you are to develop depression.

In other words, if you’ve been feeling highly anxious, stressed out or depressed, this is a good time to take a social media detox. It may feel weird at first, but your overall mood should begin to improve as you stay away from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

5. Conquer Your Fear of Missing Out

Computer World has pointed out that social media is engineered to be as addictive as crack cocaine. This isn’t just hyperbole; when you first stop using social media, you can expect to feel withdrawal symptoms. Scientists say that this is due to the naturally ingrained fear of missing out. FOMO

6. Reconnect with the Real World

Do you connect well with others online but find yourself never connecting in person? This can be ideal for introverts, but we all still have the need for some in-person human contact. Sadly, people who spend a lot of time on social media sites report feeling lonely and isolated in real life. They are also more likely to suffer from a weakened immune system.

The good news is that even if you’re an introvert and uncomfortable with a lot of in-person interaction, you can boost your mood by simply going out in public. Take yourself to your favorite park or restaurant if you prefer to be alone. You could even go to a movie or concert. If you want to make new friends, consider using a service such as MeetUp to find like-minded individuals.

7. Begin Living in the Moment

Do you post everything you do to Facebook while each activity or life event is happening? There have even been instances of people updating their Facebook and Twitter accounts from the altar immediately after getting married.

If you’re living everything through the lens of social media instead of directly interacting with it, your experiences are going to be of a lower quality and become less memorable.

8. Stop Obsessing Over the Past

Do you spend a lot of time looking at old tweets or Facebook stalking your ex? This can keep you stuck in a negative headspace, and it makes it much more difficult to recover from a breakup.

9. Gain a Lot of Free Time

Do you feel like you never have enough time to exercise, read or clean your house? Putting social media on pause will help you regain almost 2 hours daily, during which you can devote your energy to improving your life.

*If you are going to join me in the social media 4 day detox why not plan some things to do in this time, yoga, running, walking, visiting family and friends, reading something you have been to for a long time.

 It would be great to hear how you get on and if you find it challenging or easy, how dependent are you on social networking sites?

 How to detox it!

  1. Deactivate your accounts. This will serve as a hedge against you checking in on a whim, and it will also signal to your friends that you’re on a detox. 
  2. Uninstall all social media apps. This will eliminate all of those notifications and alerts that play such a crucial role in social media addiction. And you won’t be as likely to pop one of those apps open in moments of boredom or stillness.
  3. Block all social media sites. This is for your computers, laptops, and tablets.
  4. Replace social media with another activity. It’s not enough to excise social media from your day. You need to fill that void with something else, otherwise you’re just going to claw your way back.

Information mainly taken from life hack.org 

Victoria Stovell