Go On A Social Media Detox This Weekend: Here's How

By Débora Rosa

Your mornings consist of checking your Instagram feed before you eat breakfast. You notice yourself scrolling up and down your Facebook page just because you feel you need to. You show up to meetings late because you feel the urge to update Snapchat Story. These are all symptoms of a modern-day social media addiction. Stepping away from the social media sphere might seem terrifying, but doing it for a few days will make you feel relaxed, help you think more clearly and make social media less toxic in your life.

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“Don’t get stuck in the all-consuming world of social media; use it for what it’s worth, not all the time, and only when it serves you well.”
— Lee Davidson of One Green Planet

This weekend, we suggest trying a social media detox. Here are 8 steps to follow:

1. Set a specific time to do it: Friday evening through Monday morning;

2. Delete all the social apps from your gadgets: you’re not deleting the accounts, don't worry. This will help you avoid oening the apps when you feel the urge to do it;

3. Turn off the notifications: you will feel an immediate feeling of liberation; 

4. Meditate: it's the best way to relax and clear your head from a lot of useless information. It's shown that doing it after you wake up, even for a few minutes, will increase mind activity, creativity and help you think more clearly;

5. Find a healthy morning/bedtime routine: don't let the last thing you look at before closing your eyes be social media. Instead, read a book or listen to music. The same applies to the mornings, slowly wake up and give yourself ample time to think about breakfast and your day;

6. Read a book: find a book that you love, or that you've wanted to read for a long time, and read it before going to bed or when lounging around the house;

7. Do activities that you love: first consider docking your gadgets somewhere, and avoid using them unless it's crucial. Out of sight, out of mind! Go for a run, do sports, explore new coffee shops or stores in your hometown, take a walk with your pets, or invest in quality time with your family and friends;

8. Create: sit at your desk and draw, write, or do those DIY's you've always wanted to do.

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