As I sat in front of my television waiting for the George Floyd verdict to be read. I could feel a sense of nervousness come over me. The outcome of what may or may not be of this trial had me on edge. I soon realize that I needed to set some boundaries on the amount of information that I consumed throughout my day. We are so devoted to our phones, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok that we don’t realize how often we check our phones for updates on the latest news or trends. According to Security app lookout, 73 percent of people admitted that they would feel “panicked” while 14 percent would feel “desperate” if they were to lose their phones. What would happen if we chose to go without our phones for an hour or even a day, could you do it?
On plenty of occasions, I realized I left the house without my phone to turn back around to go get it. I felt panicked and thought I was not going to survive the day without my phone. I am in that 14 percent that the study conducted, but I believe the numbers are higher. Most people will not admit that they could not survive a day without their phones or even for a couple of hours. The countless hours that I scroll through social media sometimes makes me feel blah. So, I decided to do something about it. Making a commitment to myself I choose to unplug from social media for an entire day to start off. Although you can’t get rid of social media altogether but implementing breaks and setting boundaries is much needed.
Staying informed is important, but taking care of your mental health which is apart of our self-care is important. Here are some tips that I would like to share on how I started to disconnect from social media as often as needed, and the benefits that you will see. I know that unplugging can be challenging, but once you focus less on your devices and more on yourself you will be glad you made the effort!
DISCONNECT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
- Turn off notification
- Delete old or unused apps on your phone or tablet
- Use one device to check social media accounts
- Leave devices in a drawer
- Spend your free time doing something you love
BENEFITS OF UNPLUGGING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
- Stay Focus
- Sleep Better
- Recharge & Be Happier
- Improved quality of life
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ― Anne Lamar