Most of us experience FOMO. Yes, we’ve all had that ‘fear of missing out’… who is out for brunch on Saturday? What happened on Married at First Sight last night? Or even, wondering what the latest bikini trend is in 2019.
But seriously, does it really matter?
For all the social media gurus, marketing lovers and whoever-else-needs-a-social-media-detox, staying active in a digital world is crucial. But we all know that social media takes up a lot of our time, emotions and let’s be honest, productivity.
If you have an Android or Apple, some mobile apps or devices can tell you how much time you spend a day, on your phone. Put it this way, if you spend 4 hours per day on your phone, you’ll end up spending 28 hours at the end of the week. Well, you’ve just lost more than a day starring at your screen. Scary, right?
And the other bad news is… social media is addictive! Studies have shown that social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are in the same cycle of addiction as gambling. In fact, using social media can activate similar psychological dependencies and cravings in your brain, as gambling.
Stop scrolling up and down your social media feed for a minute and follow our tips to temporarily detox yourself from social media.
Checking your phone first thing in the morning isn’t healthy… at all! It can lead to stress and anxiety but also, negativity. Social media is just another way that we fill our lives with additional clutter. Previous studies revealed that scrolling through Instagram and reading your emails first thing in the morning can have a significant impact on the physical structure of your brain and its ability to perform. It’s time to kick this habit and start a morning routine which doesn’t involve using your phone when you first wake up. Meditation or stretching is a great start for you to seize the day. This also works for your evening rituals. Studies have shown that checking your social media before bed can lead to depression and impact your sleep routine.
Did you know that 40 percent of productivity is lost due to task-switching?
Whether you are at work or at dinner with friends, constantly checking your phone decreases your productivity (and it can be considered as rude).
There are now lots of apps that allow you to lock your social media apps for an hour or two, or schedule your content if you need to ‘work’ so you don’t have to post it manually. We love tools like Later, which is handy to use for Instagram to schedule your posts in advance and to upload your posts automatically.
Time is precious and scrolling up and down your phone can be time-consuming (also, you can also seriously injure your thumb – just saying!).
Find a new hobby and force yourself to put your phone down. Whether it’s during your yoga flow or going for a run, leave your phone at home for that hour and enjoy the present moment. You’ll feel lighter (yes, phones create baggage!) and you won’t have that urge to check your phone every five minutes.
Social media contributes to the release of dopamine – a “feel good” chemical in the human brain. But guess what, running does that too! Allow yourself a day each week without social media, where you can take a breath and get out of the social media vortex. You can also temporarily delete some of your social apps such as Gmail, Facebook or Instagram to make you stick to your “Social Media Free Day”, We wouldn’t recommend that day to be Monday as you might need it for work, BUT you do you!
If reducing your social media consumption has always been on your ‘to achieve list’,
You now have all the tools and resources to make it happen!