Monday, 16 October 2017

The Importance of Social Media Detoxes

Considering how 'busy' Mum-life is meant to be, I still manage to find a lot of time to be on my phone/social media. I honestly thought I'd never be able to look at my phone again once Charlie arrived but that just isn't the case at all. It kinda sucks.  
As much as I weirdly enjoy mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and Pinterest, and binge watching insta stories, I need to take a break from it sometimes. Last Monday I was having a bit of a down day, so I decided to forget about social media, and cuddle up on the sofa with C to binge watch crap on Netflix. Eventually my phone died (I have to use the Netflix app) and instead of running to put it back on charge, I turned the TV on instead. I don't think I turned my phone back on until about 10pm. 

Even though I still used my phone, I felt so much better for staying off social media. Social media (Twitter and Facebook in particular) can be a really toxic place some days, there's almost always someone having an argument about something. Some days you just need to put the phone down, and chill. I actually have a mini social media detox practically every evening. My phone barely holds charge anymore so it usually dies by 5pm, which leaves the evening free to do or watch something with Mum. Alternatively, sometimes I'll stay off SM for a couple of hours while I use the Evernote app to type up some blog posts. Yes, I'm still on my phone but I'm doing myself some good by staying offline. It also helps being limited to 100MB of data every month; I'm not constantly on my phone while I'm out!

It's good to not have my phone glued to my hand constantly anymore, and I might try to have a social media free day at least once a week from now on. Hopefully I'll sleep better at night too, if I don't go online once I go to bed! 

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