I did the unthinkable, I recently went a whole week without social media. I know, I’m so brave. We live in a day and age where opening your Facebook page is as mindless as opening the refrigerator. We are consistently glued to our phones, distracting ourselves from a whole world out there. And if you’re anything like me, you let “likes” determine your worth. I decided I needed a social media detox. Mainly because I was stalking my crush too much and needed to get my psycho in check. So, this is what happened when I turned my back social media for one week:
Days One and Two
I woke up in the morning and the first thing I did was reach for my phone. I just stared at it, not knowing what to do, realizing that this is the first thing I do every morning. It took a few days to adjust. The first two days I kept looking at my phone hoping that something was there. I replaced Facebook with my Citi Bank mobile app, so that every time I clicked on it, I could still see everyone doing better than me.
Ever hear of social media happiness? You see your friends who have been dating for years who suddenly break up. “But they looked so happy”. Don’t let all those cute mountain photos fool you. People only post the version of themselves they want you to see. So, of course, you’re going to think they’re killing it.
It felt great not knowing what anyone was doing. The only life I was worried about was my own. I had adjusted to my new way of living. It felt like a life vacation. I was happy and living in the present. Why wasn’t everyone else doing this? I was feeling so Zen, I may never need a Xanax ever again.
Veno has become my new source of stalking people. Did anyone even notice that I was gone? I found that the only app that I actually missed was Instagram. In this time I got really into DIY projects. I made my own organic chap stick, organic sunscreen, and armpit detox. I became that girl, and I loved it. No longer was I wasting time on the internet.
I felt great. The only down fall was I wanted to know what was happening with everyone. I was experiencing some serious FOMO (fear of missing out). I couldn’t wait for the day to be over to catch up on all my notifications.
In my week without social media, I noticed I was happier, overall. Waking up in a good mood, it set the tone for the rest of my day. I wasn’t worried about anyone else but myself. And, I was living in the moment. Not stuck on my phone. However, it did feel great to get back on social media after a week. I actually felt like I had stuff to catch up on, and wasn’t just mindlessly scrolling. I highly recommend if you’re feeling anxious, or want to be more present, then go ahead and delete those apps. Give it a shot and free yourself!
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