Why Everyone Should take Breaks from Social Media
Social media and online engagement have become the norm over the last few years. Today, we’re going to talk about why everyone, yes, everyone, should take breaks from social media.
There are so many good things about social media that it can be easy to overlook the bad or less potent things that can happen. Social media has been shown to help us stay connected and stave off social isolation which makes for good relationships even at a distance.
On the other hand, social media has consistently been home to cyberbullying incidents and social comparisons which can create toxic atmospheres where few people can thrive. Taking a break can sever the cycle and give you a chance to return to normalcy when it comes to social media use.
Social media limits your interaction with the world around you and is consistently shown to be sedentary behavior. It can also lead to stress, anxiety, and depression through interactions and comparisons. When using social media isn’t fun anymore, you’re constantly comparing your life to others you see online, and it’s the last thing you see at night, it may be time for a break.
Taking Social Media Breaks
You’ve probably taken stock of your usage and decided you’re ready for a break: how do you even go about this?
The first thing you need to resolve is to be intentional and diligent with your new resolution. Even when you’re tempted, you’ll want to push yourself to turn away and choose a different path.
Start by turning off your notifications from social media sites. Keep your phone as basic as possible and resist the urge to constantly be scrolling through sites. This may mean you’ll need to delete the apps themselves instead of simply shutting off your notifications.
Turn to prioritize your self-care. This is a simple replacement for your previous addiction. Turn all of that energy inward and put your health and self-care at the top of your checklist. When you feel the urge to check your phone, go for a walk, journal, or make plans with friends instead.
Rather than letting yourself go free-range with your phone throughout the day, set up specific social media slots throughout the day. This keeps your behavior within this timeframe and you’ll be more efficient and effective with the rest of your time.
Scrolling right before bed can keep you awake and end up giving you more anxiety. Set your phone across the room to charge during the night so you resist the urge to scroll. You’ll still be able to hear your alarm but you won’t stay up until 3 a.m. watching TikToks again!
Taking a break from social media helps you reduce your stress and anxiety and engage with the real world around you. While social media and technology help us stay connected, they can also begin to fray our connections with the people right next to us. Everyone can take a break from social media and refresh their real-life relationships!