Spring Cleaning Tip: Social Media Detoxing


Spring has sprung, and if you're getting your spring cleaning checklist prepared, there is one item you definitely do not want to neglect: a good ol' social media detoxing.


In this blog post, I will tackle:

  • social media detox meaning

  • reasons for a social media detox

  • social media detox benefits

  • social media detox tips

  • why a 30-day social media detox is where it's at

So pour yourself a bevvie and let's dive into this essential spring cleaning tip!

SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX MEANING

As always, we're starting with the basics. According to the Oxford dictionary, a detox is:

a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

Social media is defined by the Oxford dictionary as:

websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

Social media is surpassing mainstream media, like printed newspapers and even television, as our main source of content consumption. It is so readily available since we have become heavily reliant on our phones in our everyday lives and activities.


Think about it: need to check the temperature? There's an app for that. Taking a trip and need directions to map out the route? There's an app for that. Want to see what's going on with your friends for the day? There's an app for that. Want to order take-out for dinner from your fave restaurant? There's an app for that.

Anything we could possibly want is ours with the touch of a button, on a device that is always available and within our immediate reach.


If we put together the two definitions of social media and detox, we are abstaining from and ridding the body of the toxic and unhealthy effects from the websites and applications that have us participating in social networking or consuming and sharing content.


WHY SOCIAL MEDIA DETOXING?

This is so important to understand because there are thousands of negative inner dialogues happening in our subconscious when we consume loads of social media content from certain platforms.


Some of the toxic and unhealthy effects of social media may include:

  • comparing our lives to others, making our brain think we are somehow lacking things to be "good enough"

  • constant self-judgment, about what we think of ourselves or if what we want to post is again "good enough"

  • imposter syndrome, where you believe you need more in order to create the thing that brings you joy

  • increased anxiety and stress

  • low self-worth

  • distorted reality

Now to be clear, there are so many wonderful and amazing benefits to social media and how seamlessly it has shaped our lives for the better and connected us globally...I am fully aware of this and am super grateful for this amazing invention!


But like most things in life, indulging too much in one thing can bring negative and unwanted effects, and this post is meant to highlight HOW to handle the over-consumption of social media when it begins to negatively affect you....hence, a social media detoxing!


SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX BENEFITS

Now that we've covered the social media detox meaning and why a social media detox is helpful, let's chat about some social media detox benefits!


I am currently on a social media detox myself (well, an Instagram detox), and I can totally speak on the benefits of not being on social media for a bit. I'm on a 30-day social media detox, and I'll explain why below, but here are some of the benefits you can look forward to enjoying:

  • decreased anxiety

  • more freedom to create what you want and to be who you are

  • increased productivity

  • a surge in creativity and motivation

  • better sleep

  • increased accomplishments in daily tasks

  • decreased negative thoughts about yourself and your life

  • increased clarity and mental alertness

  • more free time to tackle things in your life

Now if that doesn't make you feel lighter, then maybe you have a great relationship with the content you consume online (and that's AWESOME!), but if you are thinking "that sounds so nice!", maybe it's time for your very own social media detox! After all, this spring cleaning hack, of tidying up our minds for our well-being, is an integral part of cleaning out the clutter in all the other areas of our lives!


SOCIAL MEDIA DETOXING TIPS

Ok, so now that you're excited to add a social media detox to your spring cleaning checklist, let's discuss some tips on how to make this happen:

  • remove the apps from your phone! DELETE them and put them back once your detox is over (yes, delete!)

  • DELETE accounts that make you feel like garbage! You don't have to question why, you just have to do what's best for your mental state...and if deleting feels too big, then you can always mute their accounts.

  • FOMO is real, but what you're really missing out on is the life right in front of you!

  • Start small- try a detox for a day, then a week, and then build your way up to a timeframe that is best for you!

  • if you're a small business and rely on social media, try scheduling your content in advance so you're not in the apps all day. If you have a busy inbox, try forwarding the DMs to a messenger app or your email so you can still respond and not miss any messages.

  • you'll quickly notice how much free time you gain, so make a to-do list of things you have been wanting to accomplish and enjoy!

WHY DO A 30-DAY SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX?

Wrapping up, as I mentioned above, I recommend doing a 30-day social media detox because it allows the proper rest and recovery from the toxic and unhealthy patterns our brains digest all day, every day.

It also allows you to begin thinking about some healthy boundaries you may want to put into place for your social media consumption, like using the in-app timers that will alert you when you've scrolled for a certain amount of time.


Last, you increase your chances of making some new and long-lasting healthy habits around your social media consumption the longer you abstain from it. The goal is to find a way to consume your content on your platforms with minimal toxic effects on your mind, body, and soul.


CONCLUSION

I am a very active social media user, who takes social media detoxing very seriously, as an act of self-care. There was a very impactful Netflix documentary around this topic, called the Social Dilemma, which can lend some insight as to how our brains react to social media, how it can become addictive and toxic, and the psychology behind the development of what is now our most consumed content - social media.


If you feel like you need to take a break and clean up this habit a bit, then add this to your spring cleaning checklist and de-clutter your mind for a flourishing spring season!



I hope this post helps you feel a bit better about taking that much-needed break and makes you feel more empowered to take that brave step forward into action!


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