How To Do a Social Media Detox

It’s easy for me to admit that I love taking beautiful photos for Instagram and sending out loads of tweets a day, but every now and then, I feel like I need a break.

how to do a social media detox

I think in 2016, we’ve learned it’s easy to compare yourself to strangers on the Internet. It’s easy to look at followers instead of nice comments, pay attention to how many page views someone else gets instead of your own awesome content, and even get lost amongst funny cat videos while you’re trying to study.

This weekend, I decided a social media detox was in order. I felt a little guilty for going off the grid, so I decided to make up for it with this post explaining how you can take a media fast this week!

First, I’ll start you guys off with a few key tips, and then we’ll talk strategy. Sound good? Pause the funny cat videos and let’s get started!

Tip #1 Find an alternate (more beneficial) means of distraction

A novel, some watercolors, and adult coloring book. Get something you can grab when you feel an itch to tweet, snap, or post! The three choices I just listed are my personal favorites. I’m currently reading Piece of Mind by Michelle Adelman and working on some fall watercolors, so this weekend I gravitated towards those rather than scrolling through my Instagram feed.

Tip #2 Have an accountability partner

My friend Kylie and I went to get pedicures Friday afternoon and I mentioned my social media detox to her there. I told her if she saw me get on social media, to stop me and force a magazine into my hand, haha. I brought my book to the nail salon and I also had my headphones to listen to my new favorite podcast, Happier by Gretchen Rubin.

Tip #3 Turn off social media notifications

I mentioned before that I always have my social media notifications turned off. I found that I often got distracted by seeing who liked my picture on Instagram or getting into a snapchat filter war with one of my friends, so I turned the notifications off so that I wouldn’t check my social media apps until I set aside the time. This is great for a social media detox because you won’t be extra tempted. (Bonus points if you actually delete your social media apps for the duration of your media detox!)

Tip #4 Take the time to get inspired

I find that when I spend a lot of time looking through other people’s pictures and comparing my aesthetic to theirs, I actually become less and less inspired. I forget why I love to write and why I love to take photos. That’s a huge reason for the digital detox! Comparison is the thief of joy. So, instead, I took the time to create content I loved for my blog and I even created a reader survey that I’ll be putting out later on this week. (Yay! Stay tuned!!)

Tip #5 Give yourself grace

I knew that I’d be ok with not checking Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, but I knew one of my favorite fall activities was scrolling through Pinterest. I allowed Pinterest to be excluded from the social media detox because Pinterest isn’t the same as most social media platforms. It’s basically a mood board for things you like! And I love mood boards.

I also knew that another thing that really made me happy was taking funny snapchats of the family dog, Chip. I decided I’d post snaps and send a few to Cameron since that’s one of our favorite long-distance activities, but I wouldn’t look at stories. You don’t have to be that strict with yourself!

Ok, so here’s the strategy.

social media detox

Most of you are bloggers or creatives, so I know posting throughout the week is very important. I’m proposing a 3 day social media detox, so that way you can choose whether to do it during the week or on the weekend!

Let me know if you try this out! You can tweet at me (after your detox of course) by using the hashtag, #CWHSocial.

X,

Cristina

 

  • I think I need to try this. Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired and I feel like I’m constantly on social media for absolutely no reason. I love your strategy and I definitely think my own social media detox will be happening soon!

    • cristina

      I was feeling that way, too, girl and let me tell ya, this helps so much!! Let me know if you try it out and how it works for you 🙂

  • I should probably do this! I’m on social media A LOT so it would do me good to have a break!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • I love the idea of this and we could all make a concerted effort to get off our phones/social media more often. I think it’s a good idea to not use it while you’re doing something else – a mani/pedi, watching a movie, enjoying a nice view/outdoor time, etc. Save social media for when you have downtime and aren’t doing anything else — otherwise, how are you really enjoying it?

    • cristina

      LOVE that! It’s all about being more present. Great input, thanks for your comment!

  • What a great idea! it is always important to take a step back and refresh from anything you are doing! It really helps clear the mind!

  • Such a good thing to do! I’ve been thinking about doing this over the holidays to be more present and enjoy my family more.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • cristina

      Oh that’s a brilliant idea! I’ll have to try this again over Thanksgiving and Christmas 🙂 Thanks for the inspo!

  • I love this post- sometimes detoxes are always a good idea. And I think you always come back feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle new content!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • I’ve done two long-term social media detoxes and they always left me more inspired and happy. I’ve been in need of one lately, but I find it hard to do as a blogger. Thank you for sharing your tips!

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • cristina

      It’s definitely tough when being on social media is practically your job. If you’re going to take a brief hiatus, schedule some posts on Twitter, Facebook, and such in advance, so you don’t feel like your neglecting your blog 🙂 Thanks for reading, girl!

  • This is such a great post! A social media detox is what I need right now during finals week! For some reason, I never thought of turning off my notifications, that’s a wonderful tip!

    • cristina

      Oh yes, these are the best during exam times! Good luck on finals, girl!

  • I love this post! Sometimes it is so neccessary to do a social media detox!

  • This is so important! I love social media detoxes! I do mini ones all the time – especially with unsubscribing and unfollowing! things get cluttered/noisy so quickly!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • cristina

      Totally agree, after doing this one, I really want to start doing them more often 🙂

  • I did this for an assignment and wasn’t to thrilled with the experience! I also didn’t plan it as nicely as this though.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • cristina

      Oh no! It’s a tricky thing to do. Timing is everything and giving yourself grace is important.

  • I think I’d be better served to do a to do this during a weekend since I work in social media.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Amy

    These are great tips! I need to do better about weaning myself off from social media, especially since it’s so distracting when I try to study.. haha!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • I’ve been contemplating going on a social media detox & this post is helping inspire me to do so – I love the tips you shared! x, nicole ≫ http://www.nicoleeigh.com

  • I believe that we need more than a social media detox. We need a phone detox! With all of us glued to our phones all day, that ain’t healthy.

    Psst. I am great at not being on social media till noon because I am often not awake before noon! Haha

    XOXO Shi Hui | IreviewUread
    http://ireviewuread.com/post/152217821338/giftopia
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  • This is a great idea, definitely something everyone should do! Thanks for the tips + strategy 🙂

  • Rachel Timmerman

    I couldn’t agree more about comparing yourself to others on the internet. It’s such a dangerous trap to fall into but also so important to try not to. These are some great tips, because I would never know where to start with a social media detox.

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