February 14, 2018
This past Friday, I decided to log off of social media for the weekend. I do that every now and then and I felt like my soul needed it this weekend. And it turns out, I was right.
Because I know that my will-power still needs work, I knew that simply deciding that I wasn’t going to tap on those apps this weekend wasn’t going to cut it. I knew I had to take more “drastic” measures. So, I deleted the Instagram and Facebook apps off my phone.
I do this maybe 3 times a year on average, though I’m starting to think I should do it more often for the reasons I’ll mention in a minute. I think I’ll do it at least once a month or maybe even every weekend.
Since I deleted my social media apps off my phone on Friday, I learned 3 things…
1. I waste SO much time mindlessly scrolling on social media. How do I know this? Because of the 100+ times I reached for my phone this weekend to mindlessly scroll only to realize the apps weren’t there. It was amazing to note how often I normally do this. It made me realize that I usually waste time on social media during every spare moment I have. At a red light. During dinner. In bed. While cleaning/tidying. While working. While spending time with Will. While waiting for the movie to start. While waiting for dinner at a restaurant. While waiting to be seated at a restaurant. While waiting in line at the grocery store. While sitting on the couch on my day off. The list goes on and on. And this was just this weekend! 2 days! I noticed ALL of these things! Imagine how many more opportunities to waste time I have during the week!
It was truly mind-blowing to notice all these times I usually waste time. Not having the opportunity to waste that time because I didn’t have the apps available to me on my phone really caused me to take a step back and re-evaluate how I’m spending my time.
2. I can be SO productive and enjoy the day SO much more without social media distractions. Just in the 2 days I didn’t have access to social media, I deep cleaned the kitchen (including the refrigerator and microwave) and reorganized our cabinets and pantry. I also tidied our entire house and washed and folded 3 loads of laundry. I cooked dinner from scratch, I worked out both days and got more exercise jogging outside with the dogs. I also read 1.5 books. And there was still rest/relaxation time to spare…
Without the distraction of social media, I got hours and hours of my time back over the course of the 2 days. Seeing with my own eyes how much I got done and how much rest and relaxation time I still had blew my mind. I know this was only possible because I wasn’t on social media.
3. My mood is much lighter, more content, less anxious. I am convinced that social media, while it has it’s merits, it can be a breeding ground for discontent, anxiety, and crippling comparison. The weekends/weeks I’ve gone without social media over the past few years have always been some of the most relaxing, anxiety-free, content week/weekends of my life. That’s huge. That means something. I know that I’m not immune to discontent and comparison as a result of social media scrolling. Even when I don’t realize it’s happening — it’s happening.
I love that I feel lighter, happier, more content during my mini social media fasts. And like I mentioned earlier, I think it’s something that I need to do more often….
So, now that I’ve learned these 3 huge things about logging off of social media, I want to start making this a regular thing for me. I’m going to try to start with social media free weekends and I encourage you to do the same! See what kind of difference it makes. I can almost guarantee you that you will only see positive results. So why not try it? If you’d like to join me, leave a comment below and let me know so that I can cheer you on!