The alarm goes off at 6:30am and the first thing you reach for is your phone to check your notifications.
Before you become aware of what your name is, you have already checked your Instagram feed, Snapchat stories, your friends’ Facebook statuses and the latest Twitter feuds…
Does this scene sound familiar?
On average, a person checks the various social media platforms at least 30 or more times throughout the day and that is a safe estimate. Perhaps it’s time to take a social media detox.
One thing is key in order to do this. Distract yourself to get through the hard part. Stay strong through this rough period and know that it will pass. Fortunately, there are many ways to cleverly spend your time and avoid any temptation.
Here are 7 things you can do when detoxing from social media:
Connect with your friends outside of social media
Instead of getting distant updates about what your friends are up to via social media, give them a call or send them a text message. Ask them, “What are you up to later? Would you like to grab some pizza and hang out?”
Meet new people
Without the continuous urge to check social media, you’ll be more engaged with the world around you. Strike up a conversation with your seatmate on the train. “Lovely weather today, isn’t it?” you might say. Who knows, they might become your new best friend or future boss!
You could also get involved in your community
Research local charities or non-profit organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. You might be able to help at your local soup kitchen, food bank, or home-building organization.
Take up a new hobby like playing the piano or furniture repair.
Do you have an old bedside table you have always wanted to restore? Feel free to give it a layer of paint and experiment with colors.
Catch up on your reading.
Many people have a lengthy list of books they promised themselves they’d get to “someday.” Settle into a cozy chair with a mug of warm tea and one of the books that seem to grab your attention. If you don’t have books of your own to read, visit your local library and check out a few that seem interesting.
Organize your house
Go through your closet and identify clothes that you don’t wear anymore. Take them to the second-hand store for donation. Go through your books, movies, and games and look for ones that you’re willing to get rid of. Put them up for sale on Craigslist or eBay.
Take care of business
Use time that you’d otherwise devote to browsing social media to reply to your other correspondence (email or voicemail). Get started on school projects or catch up on your homework.
One thing is for sure… I guarantee you won’t feel the need to jump onto social media while doing all of these fun activities. You can truly take a social media vacation and survive. Try it today…take a social media detox!