Have you ever scrolled through social media and felt a tinge of sadness, been unhappy, or even a bit anxious? Do you find the constant news overwhelming and does it leave you with a sense of helplessness? Are you tired of being constantly plugged into your devices and screens? This was me some two years ago and is still me.
As a blogger, a digital content specialist, and a blogger, I too feel bombarded by the frequent messages and I know it can be overwhelming. Sometimes you have no idea you’re overwhelmed but it does show up in your work, your energy, and your psyche.
1. Social Media Detox Is Great For Clarity
Sometimes you need to do some inner deep work, especially if you want to elevate your life in one way, shape or form. When you take a break from social media, you’re forced to deal with all the issues you have been avoiding. Sure, Facebook Watch is fun, and front tickets to Twitter roasts and banter are more fun.
However, taking some time off, shutting down the noise, and getting clear on where you are, where you want to go, and what you want to achieve is more fun.
When I took a break off social media, I focused on my writing and took to writing on Medium. Not only did I build a small following of 1.2K readers, but I also became a contributor for more than 7 publications, met other writers, and earned from my writing. I have also worked with great editors in these publications, whose feedback has been rewarding for me.
2. Helps You Focus/Tackle projects in your life or hobbies
Maybe you have always wanted to start doodling, drawing, or gardening but spend all your free time watching others live their lives. I’m not throwing shade here, but that flower won’t plant itself.
Having a social media detox is not only great for your mental health but gives you perspective into what is lagging behind in your life. When you identify what projects are lagging behind in your life, then you can start working on them.
A huge number of us are worried that if we have a social media detox, our engagement, subscribers, and followers will leave us. Ultimately, we have to show up for ourselves first before we show up for other people.
3. Social Media Detox Gives You Time To Water Your Own Grass
One of my favourite writers wrote that he was leaving Instagram because he was starting to compare Instagram models with his girlfriend. While this may seem trivial to some, it’s not. Not many people post their worst angle on Instagram. It’s all about best angles, best lighting, highlight reels and who’s got the best life, wife, girlfriend, job etc.
When you’re constantly plugged in such a medium, you start comparing yourself to others. You want to curate a great feed like them, but you’re worried that you don’t have the best life. What you forget is some of these creators have teams that work for them, they hire photographers and videographers and have been in the game longer than you have.
4. Stop procrasti-learning and procrasti-planning
I came across these two terms while reading Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas and I thought of all the time we waste deep in internet and Pinterest research before we start on a project. We want to start when we have all the information, all the tips so we can avoid making any mistakes.
You learn on the ground. For all my Pinterest researching bloggers, interior designers, bloggers, fashionistas eta al, you have learned enough. Now go and start your project, write about, and hopefully, someone else will learn from you.
5. Rediscover Nature and Books
During my social media sabbatical, I have read books like Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Letters from a Senior Devil to a Junior Devil, The Freelance Content Marketing Writer by Jennifer Gorfoth Gregory, The Online Entrepreneur’s Handbook and so many more.
By reading books, you allow yourself to change your mindset and pursue what you want to pursue without asking for permission. Do you want to become a writer? Read books on writing. Do you want to follow Digital Marketing? Read books on Digital marketing.
Having a social media detox not only helps you pursue your objectives but it also helps you connect with your family and the people that matter.
Going on a social media detox not only helped me get more clarity on how I want my life to be but it also helped me decide what I want to do on social media as a person and as a blogger. Have you ever gone on a social media detox? Let me know your experience in the comments below.