Social media can sometimes become a dark place. Fake News, comparison, unrealistic images, the list can go on! 90% of my job involves social media, and even though I try to keep it real as much as I possibly can, it’s still not enough. We all need a break; we all need to detox socially. It’s essential for our mental health! Today I wanted to share 4 ways to detox from social media.
As I mentioned, it’s easy to get stuck in the world of social media, to see what everyone is doing and compare yourself. I recently got stuck this past Christmas scrolling on TikTok watching what everyone got for Christmas and all of a sudden felt like I didn’t get enough. It doesn’t take long for it to happen too. It is CRITICAL to set up boundaries to protect our minds, our hearts, and our spirit.
Invest in your life and those around you. Social media can wait! Here are 4 ways to detox from social media…
1. Turn on the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your phone
With Do Not Disturb, you can silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb and allow calls from certain people. You can schedule your Do Not Disturb for a set time (like 8 PM- 8 AM), for an hour, when you leave a location or a scheduled event!
How to turn on Do Not Disturb
Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb to turn on Do Not Disturb manually or set a schedule. OR, Open Control Center, touch and hold ☾ quickly adjust your Do Not Disturb settings or tap ☾ to turn it on or off.
2. Set App Limits and Communication Limits
Evaluating your screen time is always a shock. It’s impressive how 5 minutes here, and five minutes there add up. There is a detailed report under screen time on how long you’re spending time in each app too. It even shows you how many times you pick up your phone during the day?
Under the Screen time option, you can set downtime, set limits for apps, or even set limits on communication. If you have young kids, you can also set a passcode to secure screen time settings.
How to See Your Screen Time
Go to Settings > Screen Time > See All Activity
3. Set a Device-Free Zone in your Home.
House of Harper mentioned having a basket in her home where all the devices went. I remember reading her post and thinking, I LOVE that idea! You can also buy a small basket to put in your entryway to store all devices there or create a room in the home like the bedroom or living room where no devices are allowed.
4. Avoid Checking your phone first thing in the morning.
There is no need to grab your phone as soon as you get up. As hard as it may be, try getting up without checking your phone. Give yourself that first 30 minutes to an hour to get ready for the day. Exercise, meditate, fix your cup of coffee, and prepare your mind for that day.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have a fantastic week, and share below, how do you detox from social media.
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