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Nowadays we’re literally glued to our phones, I included. I don’t even want to look at my screen time because I know it’s going to leave me shocked. Especially Social Media is what I’m using all. the. freaking. time and I assume you are too. In order to stay sane, it’s always a good idea to do a social media detox every now and then. I’m going to show you how to do that!
I personally think there’s two sides to a social media detox. The first side is taking a closer look to the people you’re following, the content you read or see, etc. and decide if this makes you happy or leaves you frustrated, scared, angry, or any other negative emotion. Having a toxic free social media feed is the first step in a detox, because living in a completely social media free world isn’t realistic so let’s at least make sure we enjoy what we see, right?
The second side to a social media detox is to have a social media break every now and then. It’s good to be offline every once in a while. You don’t have to be online and available every single hour of the day and every day of the week! I personally think it’s up to you to find out what’s achievable for you but a social media break could be just 1 day without social media, it could be a weekend without it or a whole week, 2 weeks, etc. Whatever you like!
If you’re a blogger or content creator just like me, it’s even harder to take a social media break in my opinion. Most of us probably feel like we need to be active on social media 24/7 in order to grow. But I’m going to help you with being able to have a social media detox, without feeling stressed about ‘not being active’ on social media.
How To Have A Proper Social Media Detox
1. Unfollow Accounts
One of the most important steps is unfollowing the accounts that don’t bring you joy. If you’re using social media, you want to look at your feed and feel happy or inspired. The first step is to unfollow all the accounts that you don’t like looking at. And yes, this could be your ex or old friends, even family. You might feel guilty or odd for unfollowing them but you shouldn’t because your own happiness is your priority. If you really can’t unfollow someone, make sure to mute them. They won’t know you’ve muted them and you won’t have to look at their feed anymore!
2. Unfollow pages, hashtags, groups, etc.
It’s not only accounts we’re following nowadays. It could be that you’re liking pages on Facebook, following hashtags on Instagram or you might’ve been part of groups(chats) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. If what you’re seeing doesn’t fit your interest (anymore) then make sure to unfollow the page, leave groups, etc. Again, if you really can’t unfollow a page or a group, then make sure to mute it. Turn the notifications off. Make sure you won’t see it anymore.
3. Plan and schedule your content
This one is particularly for the content creators reading this. If you feel like you have to be active all the time, make sure to plan content ahead, prewrite your content, and then schedule your content! There are lots of free apps and platforms which can help you with that. Some of my own favorite tactics and platforms are:
- Google Docs to write down blog post ideas
- Trello to actually plan when I want to post a certain blog post
- WordPress to schedule my prewritten blog posts
- Tweetdeck to schedule tweets (affiliate tweets, inspirational tweets, whatever you like!)
- Planoly to plan my Instagram content (and to actually see how my feed would look), research and save hashtags, and to write my captions ahead of time (on the free version you won’t be able to automatically post but the app can give you a heads up when it’s time to post)
- Tailwind to schedule my pins – but you can schedule pins on Pinterest itself too so you don’t necessarily need Tailwind to do so
- Flodesk to prewrite email newsletters and schedule them
4. Turn Notifications Off
You could permanently turn them off (I did this!) or only when you’re having a social media break, for example on the weekends. I don’t know about you but if I see notifications I feel the need to respond, check them out, or just get rid of that red little ‘1’ thingy lol. If I have my notifications on, I can’t get the rest I need.
I decided to turn my notifications off during the weekend and the funny part is, that I never turned them on again. I turned the notifications off from only social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) so that if I would get a text, call or email, I would still see them. I really enjoy this! During the week, I check my socials quite often so I don’t feel like I miss things and during the weekend I can really have a break from social media. This works really well for me and I would recommend you trying this too.
5. Delete apps
If you turned off your notifications but think you won’t be able to stay off social media, it’s also possible to delete the apps for a day or the weekend. This way you won’t be able to check your accounts at all and it could be a nice way to get yourself more used to having social media breaks.
Decluttering your phone could also be nice to do every now and then. Delete apps you don’t use anymore, delete photos, clean out your notes, etc. For more decluttering tips, check out my blog post on how to organize your life.
6. Distract yourself
Another good method could be distracting yourself. Make sure you put your phone away and do the things you like to do. This could be watching a movie, reading a book, listening to podcasts, etc. etc. Just distract yourself! Plus this is obviously also a good way to relax as well. You won’t be able to stress about your socials if you’re doing the things you love.
Do you need some self-care ideas? I got you! I wrote a blog post about the 45 Best Self Care Ideas. It’s time to relax now!
Are you doing a social media detox every now and then?