Would you do a Social Media Detox?
For some, that is maybe not a big deal, for me to do social media detox is quite an exciting step, exciting and equally scary, I can already feel the anxiety building up.
I like to think I am not the worst with this. I am mindfully practicing being present in moment. I had my phone always on silence. I cancelled notifications from Social Media or pop ups on my phone.
Nevertheless I keep automatically going for my phone. I check Facebook app. I check Instagram. I go back to Facebook. Then I check my email. I get out of the email app and automatically go back in again just to realise I just left it!
This is really not the way I want to live my life, and frankly I am quite scared to even thing how much time I am spending doing those mindless things. I feel I need break from all that, to take a break from Social Media.
And yes, I give you that, it’s nice to scroll through funny videos, or inspiring photos.
My Facebook and Instagram is nicely pruned, I do not follow any news pages, nor anything what have negative or heavy energy. I follow positive news, comedy, helpful people, cherry and joyful pages.
I even unfollowed some of my family member as they posted a lot of drama centered political stuff. Yes I did it for my own sanity and from the lack of any need to be exposed to that.
But still, keep checking, keep scrolling, keep pressing and sharing.
I decided this has to stop. And is stopping now.
So today is my last day at the Social Media, at least last day for quite a while.
it is happening! i am doing it, i am quitting social media.
Guys I am still available for you! Just now only through my email and my website.
I will be detoxing from Facebook and Instagram until May. I will be restoring my factory setting!
And while I feel incredible excitement, like when you are going on a trip to that place you always wanted to go to, it’s going to be adventure and you can’t wait! But you also get scared.
well frankly i feel the anxiety in my stomach, i am drinking relaxing tea, planning a bath and know this will last a while.
Before my brain resets, before my body forgets the automatic energetic demand of attention, of distraction towards the phone, towards the Social Media.
I am planning to do that until May 2020, probably for about 100 days as it sounds a nice number just over three months.
it occurred to me about week ago, at first it seem radical, but i don’t see it like that anymore, it feels right.
I will remove all email applications from my smartphone. You can get that I am really trying to figure out this whole addiction to the phone thing. I check my email a lot.
The dynamics are very similar to my Social Media apps, and already I have been pruning the emails for a while now. Unsubscribing a lot.
Do I need to hear from HobbyCraft few times a week!? Well, I do not think so. If I need more yarn I know where to get it.
so why do we do this, why do we sign up for all those emails, notifications, updates?
I am pretty sure it comes from the FOMO, the fear of missing out. We are compelled to stay in the loop in case something important happens, or simply something happens and we will not know about it!
but really, do you need to know? are those information enhancing your quality of life ?
Well I don’t think so. I do not remember where I first heard the term, but I love it nevertheless. The JOMO, the joy of missing out!
Yes, you read it right.
i am embracing a new road. the joy of missing out.
the joy of being more present, the joy of having quality time.
the joy of being able to concentrate.
the joy and beauty of simple things, the ordinary life which happens every day!
As an aspiring minimalist, this is a form of digital minimalism for me. It is a conscious effort of breaking unhealthy habits, of checking my phone far too often and getting my attention and energy scattered and distracted.
And I really realise, especially recently, that there is a need for action and management of my lifestyle, it is an ongoing thing I keep prioritising. I plan my life and what is important for me, and ensure I put those things first, that I make space for them.
For example shifting from spending mindless hours on social media to having more time for meditation or gardening, both which I love incredibly.
we all have to get clear on what we want from our life.
Would you do it for that long? How would it feel to quit Social Media for a week or two? Or a few months?
Do you ever think about it?
Check the video below for an update and reflection a year after!
Plus here where I write why I did it.
Love and positive vibes,