It’s not me, it’s you…. Have you decided that you want to take a break from social media? And not a Ross and Rachel kind of break (if you’re too young to know what that is, then you probably definitely need a break from social media). I’m talking time out, deleted app, step away from the phone kind of break.
According to the numbers, the average person spends 144 minutes on social media each DAY!!! And you know the numbers are right because a) they’re watching and b) iPhones even tell you now how much time you spend on social media and it’s scary!
That’s a smidge shy of 2.5hrs of time spent each day on social media. I work 10 hours shifts at my job, so that’s 1/4 of my shift. Crazy!
When you think about how much people complain they don’t have time, especially when it comes to self care, it’s easy to see why their time is being eaten up so quickly. (Join the self care challenge below to help you work out what to do in your newfound free time!)
So, what do you do about it?
Well, you’re already here, so chances are you know you need to take a break from social media. But how do you break a habit you’ve been spending almost 2.5 hours every day doing?
Here’s how you can take a break from social media, starting now!!
The very first step is easy. Log off. There’s no need to create some big parting ways post and declare to everyone your social hiatus. Most of your friends won’t see it anyway because of algorithms that determine who sees what (I bet if they recognise the words ‘break from social media’ they won’t show the post to many people anyway).
Just log straight off. Any delay is going to be a step closer to you changing your mind.
Delete The Apps
Avoid temptation by deleting the apps from your phone, tablet and computer. You can go one step further and use one of these apps that will ban you from checking out your social media accounts.
This is going to be one of the biggest steps to having a successful break. I never realised how often I picked up my phone and opened up Facebook or Instagram without even thinking about it. Way too often. Deleting the apps means when you pick up your phone to mindlessly scroll, you’re more likely to just put it back down again and do something else instead.
Text Your Friends
Remember how you didn’t do the big public declaration of independence from social media? So, this is how you’re going to let your friends know you’re not on social media anymore. Text them! I know, how archaic! But seriously, it works.
It also means they will know if they want to get in contact with you, they can just text you. And who knows, you might actually have more time for conversations (or even face to face catch ups) now you’re not spending so much time on social media!
Create a List Of 100 Things You Want To Do
This is my favourite part! So, you’ve now just given yourself an extra 2.5hrs every single day. What are you going to do with it?
My suggestion is to write a list of 100 things you want to do and then start ticking them off. I have a printable of this in our Mini Life Planner that you can download and use as much as you’d like. You can find it here:
Now you’ve got your list, whenever you find that you’re bored or that you don’t know what to do, go to your list and see if there’s anything there you can tick off. All the things you’ve wanted to do but ‘haven’t had the time’ now become very possible.
This kind of goes hand in hand with the last point, but keep yourself distracted with a task or something to do (even if it is relaxing or meditating) so you don’t get bored and decide you want to reinstall the social media apps.
It won’t take long to change your habits and before you know it you wont’ have to distract yourself anymore because your new normal will be doing all the things you had wanted to do before but were too distracted by social media to do.
And in no time you’ll be wondering how on earth you managed to fit 2.5 hours of social media into your day every day.
This isn’t something you should just make a half-hearted attempt at. If you want to quit social media, even just for a short time, make sure you’re committed.
Saying to yourself you’re just going to spend an hour a day on socials max is just not realistic. How are you going to track it? We are awful at estimating the time we spend on these sites… that’s why we spend 2.5hrs a day on there on average!
Still with the full-blown cold turkey method for as long as your quitting period is and you’ll be so much better off because of it.