See how social media detox is a good thing for
your mental health.
In today’s society, being on social media is inevitable. In fact, if you don’t have an Instagram account or you’re not scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, you live under a rock.
Social media nowadays not only significantly impacts your life but through them, you can achieve almost everything, from communicating with your friends to learning how to cook and do online shopping. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that spending this much time on your phones is anyway beneficial. The effects that social media can have on your mental and even physical health are plenty, and you will obviously want to prevent them.
First and foremost, practice social media cleansing, truthfully and wholly!
‘Social media cleanse’ is a fancy term for taking a break from social media and has become a buzz-phrase in our increasingly plugged-in society. In a world where we go live on Instagram to brush our teeth, it's no surprise many of us have glamorized the idea of taking a break from digital technology. But it’s not really that glamorous. It basically involves temporarily or permanently deactivating your social media accounts and deleting the apps from your phone for an extended period of time, which could be a few days, weeks, months, or even an entire year, the choice is yours.
As you begin this process, you will find the reality to be astounding and finally be able to know how beneficial it is to take a break from the online world every now and then. You will see that,
a. It will help you sleep better.
People who use screens at bedtime suffer more from insomnia and other sleep problems than those who don’t. The blue light emissions from electronic devices have also been linked to sleep problems and daytime sleepiness.
Browsing Facebook, scrolling through Twitter, and perusing Instagram don’t allow your brain time to properly shut down for a good night’s sleep.
b. You will start to appreciate the special moments.
Us humans always tend to think about the future and never give the present the attention it deserves. We have become too busy obsessing over other people’s lives instead of cherishing our special moments, that we miss out on so many amazing things that happen to you every day and then people keep asking for more.
When something extraordinary happens to you, don’t grab your phone to post it, just be present and enjoy the moment.
c. Your anxiety will reduce.
Social media is a way for people to prove how successful, pretty, likable, or confident they are, and sometimes that creates competition in terms of how many likes, views, or comments they get. This situation can lead to a constant posting, checking, and a crazy amount of worrying. Taking a step back from that routine can give you the time to relax and break this toxic cycle.
d. You will have improved Posture.
Humans aren’t meant to walk/sit/stand in a constant state of looking down. Too much screen time during which your neck is bent forward over a phone while you’re browsing social media actually affects posture and can cause severe neck and shoulder pain, headaches, eyestrain and injuries to the arms and hands. Limiting the amount of time you spend on a computer can greatly improve your posture.
e. You will feel productive.
Your commitment to social media platforms can negatively affect our commitment to our own creative and professional lives in complex ways. If you spend much more time on social networks than you think you actually do, you are wasting one of the most valuable resources: ‘time.’
When you are not glued to your screen, you start to see things that are physically present in front of you and need work to be done.
f. Overcome the main cause of depression and loneliness.
The use of social media is one of the main causes of depression and loneliness. The unrealistic expectations from one’s own life begin from social media. They can be in terms of physical appearance, personality traits, productivity, money, and many more. There may have been many times that you have felt lonely after seeing a dozen photos of your friends partying or having the time of their life, inducing in you the ‘Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)’. As you take a break from the materialistic world of social media, you will find yourself building a stronger bond by personally sharing your moments rather than seeing it on your instagram stories.