Social media means a lot to me. I have to admit it and if you’re reading this post is probably because you feel the same. Social Media means so much to me that I work as a Social Media Manager for a Marketing Agency.
And now you’re thinking, how is a social media manager that runs a blog able to go on a weekend detox? Well, we are the ones that need it the most. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and I will be doing it for many years to come, even when times get busier, I will still be blogging. But it’s important to have rules so your hobby and your job don’t take over the rest of your life.
So here is why I did it and why you should try it too:
- Opens a Lot of Free Time – I deleted all my social media apps from my iPhone the moment I finished work on Friday. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and even Pinterest. I decided to go a little further and turn off my e-mail notifications. All my blog and social media posts were scheduled and now I had a free weekend ahead of me. So I asked myself, what do I really want to do? I had time to organise the house, hit the gym, spend more time with family and friends and even had more “me” time to enjoy a bath with my Lush bombs and a few hair and face natural masks. Bliss!
Improve Your Overall Mood – We all know how social media can stress us out, even though sometimes we don’t notice. For example, those girls that keep posting selfies with stupid unrelated captions. Those annoying and useless status updates on Facebook #noonecares. The continuous messages on Whatsapp asking where you are, how you are and what what are you doing. The pressure of having to reply to all of them to clear your inbox. All of that is stressing you out and making you anxious. During this weekend no one expected anything from me, even if they did, I didn’t care. I was in a detoxing process and it felt really good.
- Save Money – How many times did you buy a certain outfit because you saw a blogger wearing it on Instagram? What about that pizza you ordered because your friend decided to buy Domino’s and share it on Facebook? If you don’t know how to control these needs, a social media detox will help you.
- Save Battery – We use our phones to do basically everything nowadays. Our phone is a camera, a computer, a television, and the list keeps growing. This affects the number of times we have to charge our phones. I generally charge mine once a day during week days a twice a day during weekends. I know it’s too much and that was actually what made me realise that I spend too much time on my phone. Can you believe my battery was at 100% on Friday at 5.30 pm and on Monday at 9am it was 50%? I had to answer a few calls throughout the weekend and I took pictures, even though I didn’t post them!
Habits I’ve created after my weekend detox:
- I only go on social media while I’m on the train, during my commute in the morning and in the afternoon. The moment I get home it’s time to switch off.
- When out with friends and family, I take pictures for personal and blog use but instead of sharing them straight away I do it later on the day and enjoy that time with the people around me.
- I turned off all notifications apart from message notifications in case it’s something urgent. Likes, retweets and shares notifications are useless and only make you waste your time. You can see it all once you open that app, so no need to be reminded every 2 minutes.
- I’ve unfollowed and unfriended all those annoying people that I mentioned on bullet point number 2. I will not judge you if I’m not seeing your selfies constantly coming up on my feed. It felt so good.
If you’ve done a social media detox challenge, whether it was for a weekend, a week or a month, please share your experience and you’re welcome to share a few tips too.
After that, please put your phone down.
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