Have you thought about doing a digital detox? I knew it was time for one last week when I was checking my Instagram before bed and I got so upset over a stranger’s posts about using dating apps that I couldn’t sleep. My lover took my phone away and put it in the drawer of the nightstand and told me I was getting way too obsessed with social media. And he was right. So I decided to do a digital detox. No social media for 48 hours. For an entire weekend I decided to be offline and spend that time doing other things. At first I was very jittery and kept reaching for my phone. I was so used to doing Kiwi Searches, almost like a security blanket, and then put it down.
The first few hours were tough. I really wanted to check in on Facebook and see what everyone was up to on Twitter or read the latest gossip on Grapevine. But then I decided enough was enough. I put the phone on the charger and put it in the kitchen. Then I left the house. Without my phone. Seems crazy, I know. We never go anywhere without our phones these days, not even to the bathroom. I grabbed my bike from the garage and decided to ride my bike to the park. When I got to the park I sat under a tree and just sat there enjoying the sun and watching the families around me. It was amazing. And the most relaxing thing I’d done in a long time. I wasn’t Instagramming the grass or looking for a social media worth selfie opportunity. I just relaxed.
After that I spent the rest of the weekend catching up with friends in real life instead of just online. And it was glorious. So if you’ve been considering a digital detox to get your priorities straight and get off the social media treadmill that can sometimes feel like a popularity contest here are a few things that you could gain:
Peace of Mind
I was amazed at how much calmer I was when I wasn’t constantly reading social media. It was lovely to just sit and let my mind wander without pressure to be clever or interesting or witty. I just sat quietly and was able to be alone with my thoughts.
Like most people I am constantly stressed. Sometimes I don’t even know how I manage to get through the day because of all the stress I’m under. But when I left my phone off for the entire weekend I had time to just relax. I rode my bike, took a nap, played with art supplies, and actually had time to do that things that relax me.
You don’t realize how much time you spend on social media until you’re not on it. I was shocked by how much more free time I had when I wasn’t tethered to the distractions on my phone. Try a digital detox for yourself and you will be amazed at how good you feel afterward. I’m not surprised that more people are starting to do it.