Have you ever felt like taking a media detox challenge or felt like you need a break from your phone and social media world? Well, how often do you reach for the phone first thing in the morning and check notifications? How often when you’re on vacation is more concerned about taking those perfect Instagram pictures than enjoying yourself? How often do you get stuck in the thoughts of what’s going on in other’s lives than in yours?
Well, I myself being someone who loves to learn about anything or everything tries to absorb all the information from the online contents or book I read. But, in this digital era, almost anyone or everyone shares their opinions and insights about different topic – especially on blogs and social media. And to be honest, many times it is not even a quality content.
Before you read further – Here’s how social media can affect your mental health and why media detox is important.
Have you ever read a blog post or content and thought – This is such a basic information.
Undoubtedly, there are many resources which are incredible and have genuine and useful content. But at the same time, I’ve learned that one must need to be really selective about what you consume in this technological age. Remember, you don’t need to blindly follow someone who is just renowned. Or you don’t need to read every book that doesn’t seem interesting but your friend has recommended it. This feeling that we need to consume everything is nothing but a FOMO, or fear of missing out.
LESS CONSUMPTION, MORE CREATION
One thing that I’ve learned so far is that you don’t need to consume everything that has been uploaded on social media. And in order to be truly creative, you need to be selective with what you feed into your mind. You rather need to focus on your own ideas and allow your brain to be at rest from all the information that you keep throwing into it.
To help you with the process of consuming less from social media, I’ve put together a 7-day media detox guide. If you want to reduce the amount of “stuff” you consume without having to go completely cold turkey, this blog post is for you. Here are few steps that you need to follow before you get into the detox challenge.
STEP 1 – What are your resources of information?
Identify the platforms where you’re getting information from. Here are some examples
- News sites
STEP 2 – Unfollow and Unsubscribe
With the help of above point, find out which resources actually provide you genuine and useful information. Once you filter the helpful mode of information, unsubscribe and unfollow rest of the resources. Now you’ll only be left with your absolute favorites.
- Unsubscribe the unnecessary newsletters that you’ve signed up on your e-mail. Moreover, you can also use Unroll me to get rid of unnecessary notifications that you’ve subscribed for
- If you’re following tons of people on your social media accounts, unfollow them or mute their feeds. You can also hide your updates from annoying people.
STEP 3 – Be selective
This is the most significant thing to remember, you do not have to read all the articles or watch everything that you come across. You’ll not be missing out. But, be selective about what you’re going to consume, and ask yourself if this is really helpful for you? Make social media such place for you which is useful, and not distracting.
7 DAY MEDIA DETOX CHALLENGE
Instead of eliminating the media altogether, the media detox is about less consumption day by day. Here is a complete guide to media detox challenge.
Unsubscribe and Unfollow using Step 1 and Step 2 above.
Avoid checking your phone or laptop first thing in the morning. Have a mindful and media free morning till you don’t have your breakfast. This will help you to start your day mindfully without any distractions.
On Day 3, you can only check your e-mail after breakfast and no social media till lunch. Have your lunch without rushing to use your phone alongside (This was the one I’d struggled the most with).
No social media/email after dinner. Instead you can read a book, can go for walk or practice any mindfulness activity.
On this day, limit yourself to use only three links (reading/watching/listening) in the entire day. So, you can read two blog posts and watch one Youtube video a day. This will also help you to accentuate your skill of being “selective”.
To be more mindful, start keeping your phone outside your bedroom. So that you don’t rush using your phone in the midnight or right after waking up. Make this a regular habit to switch off your phone and keeping it away from your sleeping space.
Go media-free all day. Finish your incomplete tasks, set goals for yourself, figure out what you want from life. You can use computer or laptop, but avoid browsing social media and other sites for inspiration, instead be creative and acknowledge your skills
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TIP – Plan what you’ll do during your detox. Some advices that I found really helpful is
- Spending time with friends and family
- Learn new hobby
- Work on a side project
- Gym or Yoga
- Meditation or Journaling
- Travel to local places
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