Here's why a social media detox is critical to your self-care this summerJun 11, 2020
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This post will benefit you if feelings of overwhelm and anxiety have taken over and you need some help getting back on track this summer.
Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. That’s what I’ve found myself doing lately. I move from platform to platform with no real intention. Sound familiar?
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat my beliefs here: social media can be a really good thing and a really bad thing. I won’t spend time going through all the ways social media can be beneficial. You know that using it to rally around a cause, collaborate, and share happy news are great uses for it.
In this article, I want to focus on why a social media detox may be necessary if you want to take care of yourself this summer.
You see, I talk all the time about the importance of self-care as a mom; not just for you, but for your family. When you’re well, your kids are usually well. The opposite also holds true. So, if you’re not actively practicing self-care—especially in 2020—you’re really doing yourself (and your family) a disservice.
The truth is we need to prioritize ourselves now more than ever. And one way to do that is to take a break from the neverending stress of social media. Just like our bodies sometimes need to detox, our minds do as well. And right now social media, quite frankly, is full of a lot of sadness. Sure, there are happy quotes and stories floating around, but the state of the world can make anyone—and most certainly a mom—feel exhausted and lost. What I’m not advocating for is pretending the reality of 2020 isn’t happening. But it’s perfectly ok to give yourself a break. Actually, it’s healthy to do so.
Can this summer actually be fun?
And with summer here, most moms are trying to figure out how to make the most of this odd season. You want to give your kids an amazing summer, but with so many restrictions and some pools, attractions, etc. still closed, you’re probably wondering how it can really happen.
Let me be straightforward. Whether or not your kids have a fun summer starts with you. But that doesn’t mean you have to plan multiple vacations and day trips to an amusement park. You have every opportunity to take advantage of this unique summer. Make memories, be present, and enjoy yourself. Throw sprinklers out in the backyard. Have family campouts and movie nights. You’ll find—even if the older ones won’t admit it—that’s all your kids really need.
Do you know what one thing will make this summer great for all?
If you are well.
So, I challenge you to commit to a short social media detox because it does two things:
- It allows you some time to break away from the reality of the world and just enjoy some time to yourself and with your family.
- It shows your kids you don’t have to rely on your phone for entertainment and that hanging out with them is good enough for you.
Here’s how to do a social media detox this summer
There aren’t a bunch of rules to follow when you detox from social media. The most important “rule” is that you stay off of it! Give up the scroll and pay attention to your family. Allow yourself to unplug.
Essier said than done, I know. So, here’s how to do a social media detox.
1. Pick a time frame
Choose how long you want your detox to last. It can be one day, one week, one month...that’s up to you. Even a few days will help. Feel free to start with a weekend and see how you do. Maybe next time you’ll aim for a week.
2. Decide on your why
New routines and habits don’t usually work unless there’s a reason you want to change. In this case, spell out why you want to detox. Is it because you’re not giving yourself enough time to rest your mind? Is it because you don’t feel fully present with your kids because you always have your phone? Define your why and remind yourself of it when you have the urge to open Instagram.
3. Separate work from personal
If you’re responsible for managing social media at work, it’s obviously tough to do a complete social media detox. Instead, focus only on what you have to get finished for work and move on. Since you likely use separate accounts, or maybe even a posting tool, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
Tips to keep yourself from scrolling
Delete the apps from your phone
Redownloading your favorite apps after your social media detox takes all of one minute. Stop dangling the carrot in front of your face and (temporarily) delete all social media apps.
Hide the apps
If deleting Instagram and Facebook feels too scary start by hiding them. Create a folder two or three screens from your phone’s first screen and put the apps on the second page of the folder. Sound a little complicated, right? By the time you make it to the hidden spot, you’ll realize what you’re doing and set your phone down.
Make a list
You know that list of things you’ve been wanting to get done around the house but don’t have time for? Whenever you feel like jumping on social media, grab your long list of to-do’s and start working on one of them. It’s amazing how much time you end up having when social media isn’t part of your day.
Turn off the news
The reason we often turn to social media is to see other’s reactions to what’s happening in the world. When you don’t watch the news, that desire isn’t there. Sure, be informed and aware, but don’t let the news consume your mind or time.
A social media detox gives you the perfect opportunity to practice some self-care. If you’re not sure how to do that, this will be a great place to start.
If a social media detox is intriguing but feels daunting, you can do it! Start small and reflect on how it made you feel. You deserve to step away and focus on yourself and your family for a few days. It will help make this summer unforgettable!
Have you done a social media detox? We would love to hear how it went. Please share in the comments below or send me a note and tell me all about it.
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