Quitting social media for one month is the best thing I ever did! Let me be clear when I did 30 days No Social Media I was curious if it could be done. I was not drowning in it like some people I even called it a modern day spine alignment. A true test of what our minds and bodies are really capable of. It came as a shock to my friends and mothers school group. The need for social media has only increased in Australia.
Sure social media helps with relationship building, networking and feeding us information good and bad. Thats right social media can be very toxic. If you have ever thought i need to cut myself off it may be the best thing ever! Facebook is used to promote everything under the sun and communicate to your friends not only it is a tool to use when you are bored, waiting for stuff and just to distract our minds. Yet i will argue is that a good thing to be distracted from our present attention. Often we miss life passing us by when our heads are down.
Social media is like a drug or medicine when, have it too long we became dependent on it till the point that we are addicted. Of all the things
going off social media was probably one the hardest things to do. I won’t lie.
It was like I was in solitude for the first week and I contemplated if I should really be doing this?
Looking at poeple around me they are driven, busy, high-achieving, stressed-out people. Sometimes a couple of extra glasses of wine feels like their only escape. When quietly the noise is coming from inside their head.
Recent studies suggest, that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more creative and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work and lead. The quite curious in me knew it was time to hit the brakes on social media. I did not warn anyone nor, did i borrow to tell everyone in the world.
I thought if this is an real life experiement I would be happy to know i did it on my terms without distraction. Maybe that was my secret weapon but every step of the way i told people as i learnt and felt more productive and connected to the world. I stopped posting images and like instagram influencers i know they feel the pressure to put out photoshopped and orcastrated posts everyday. It blows my mind how much that must weigh them down.
I’m a mum of two daughters, at university completing my fourth degree and a busy career woman. Do i have time for social media really? Well yes, its the time we make in our daily lives that causes us to react the way we do. For me, something had to change as social media was sending me crazy.
I stopped writing and going to bed early and knew my life needed less sugar cravings, more sleep, productiveness and noise. The challenges of everyday life had taken a toll. Late one night i agreed with my husband i would go off social media like a junkie. I love the power of a challenge but this was no challenge merly a struggle a grind. However, it has completely changed my life and i have no regrets about no social media for 30 days.
I want to hold on to what i’ve learnt to put into a book but heres 4 things that i found out:
30 days No Social Media heres what changed for me
You feel like feak like your the only person in the world who’s insane for doing something that is good for us but
it was the best choice I ever made!
Soon the shinning light came through after the first week. I looked more up, rested better and I felt i had more time in the day.
No social media for 30 days meant
1. I had More Time for Me
I had much more time to Spend on Me! It gave me time to really get to know me without all the distractions.
I felt a little mind clean call it a mind declutter and less toxic noise in my head.
The place where i work I’m to busy to look at social media.
30 days No Social Media
Week two, It is still in the back of my mind, what have I done, but I push on. I feel a difference in my neck and hands. I’m not looking down as much. When you are on social media you are so engaged in what you are looking at that its like the rest of the world stands still while you scroll.
The question still remains,
Is social media ruining our lives
30 days No Social Media meant
2. I Felt Less Stressed
For me, i got better at managing stress. I can now say social media cancause us stress and is relating to the world and literally sometimes you need to turn away on the noise in the world and seek out other adventures offline, try new things, speak to people on buses and share personal thoughts with people around you.
No social media for 30 days turned into an assest. We live in a world of on-ging worry and stress and i did not have a reason to feel uncertain about parts of work, life and bad as social media was not interferring in my life. I could recognise and take a step back and look at what to worry about is what matters to you not what others rae doing or comparing ourselves to others. I guess i learnt to reframe stress and decided that my action was going to be positive.
Week three, I feel blessed i have not stopped i have such energy and spark in me. I feel completley different.
30 days No Social Media meant
3. I Focused on Good Times
For me Family was a priority in my no social media for 30 days. One holds a family in high regard bt do we actually spend time giving our full atenention. We hear of the mums at playgrounds on their mobile phones pushing the swing and when i look back i was one of those mums many times ago. For me what i learnt is spending time with people who matter most. Social media told me alot about friends and maybe i lost a few but i don’t feel so weighed down. In the beginning i felt a loss but as i got on with life without social media i learnt emotioanl connections most in person.
Week four, I learnt that the busier we are the need for more quiet. If you feel you ae burning out then try 30 days of no social media.
30 days No Social Media meant
4. I felt More Energised
I discovered there was more to life and i gave more time devoted to self-care and self-love. I took a weekend away to the blue mountains in Sydney Australia, it gave me life and i felt i could breathe again. I had a spa, cleansed my sole and actually went to bed early.
Quieting social media now for good is on my mind. But i know social media helps us in business. I was watching better home and garden on tv and they had a competition, they sid go to our facebook page and i took one breathe and said no. Often we get cuaght up with why are we actually doing it and what are we doing it for.
Utimately it’s our choice it’s one choice I don’t regret to quit my social media nightly habit.
As i said its a struggle but not impossible, and the benefits out weight the worrys.