Social media fortunately and unfortunately has been a part of my whole life. I remember being around 10 years old lying my age for a Facebook account. I remember using MSN, Bebo, Habbo, myspace you name it I had it all.
We all like to keep up with the latest trends, hot topics and gossip. Within my circle, it’s celebrities, influencers and the people you may refer to as Insta famous.
At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with body Dysmorphic disorder. Being diagnosed triggered me to look into the reasons why I felt the way I did. With Attending counselling for a few months I was able to realise that my extreme insecurity was a blend of my conditioning growing up and the extended hours spent browsing social media sites.
I was brainwashed by the images, believing everyone else’s lives were better than mine and spent hours on a comparing spree.
Now, I’m not here to bash social media. It’s really been a game changer in the new millennial era. Social Media has allowed us to directly target the right audiences attention, to network around the globe, use it as a tool for generating income and God knows all the other cool benefits of social media.
However, If most your day is spent browsing your social media sites please know that you are more vulnerable and under the influence of subconsciously comparing your life to someones else’s.
I don’t see Kim Kardashian keeping up with my life because she’s too busy living hers. So let’s start being present in our own lives and create memories to remember.
Below are the benefits I was able to realise and gain when taking a break from social media.
1. I became more mindful
The saying You really don’t know what you’ve got till its gone is so true. It wasn’t until I deleted my social media App’s that I realised I had an addiction that needed to be controlled. The automatic withdrawals going on my phone to click on an App that wasn’t there made feel like a bit of an idiot. If I was a second bored I would go on my phone, if I was on the train I would go on my phone even if I was busy I would still find a time to go on my phone and I was only able to realise this by deleting the Apps that kept me constantly on my phone.
Moving forward I’m now more mindful of how much time I spend using my phone. Although, recently I made a new Instagram.
Maintaining discipline to not spend hours browsing on Instagram, I already know will be a difficult task at times. With a weak mind being mindful is helpful but can only take you so far. So I downloaded an App called Moment which allows me to set goals, track the amount of screen time spent and notifies when the time to take a break.
2. I was more present
I recently went to Drakes concert (was amazing btw) and was seated on the lower tier so I had a great view of what was installed. The lights dim, everyone standing rushes forward pushing their way to the front, everyone quickly gets their Snapchat ready, start screaming hysterically and watches Drake appear on stage through their mobile phone.
It contradicts the whole point of seeing the artist face to face because you’re still watching them through a screen. I used to be that person who would record the majority of the concerts I went to then go through the 101 videos that have filled up my Icloud, to only hear myself scream.
That’s just one example of how normal distracting ourselves from the present moment has become. My advice would be to give yourself the opportunity to experience things in the present moment because it’s in those moments we can’t get back.
3. I Get things done
Coming off social media has made me more productivee. How? Because of the time I thought I didn’t have was wasted on social media. Now I have more time to focus on the things that are really important like this post for instance.
4. No more self-sabotage
Constantly being bombarded with images of everything I ‘don’t’ have put me in a place of insecurity. A break from social media helped me to have more compassion for myself and appreciate my body that little more.
Become more aware of your self sabotaging behaviours NOW so that moving forward you know when its time to say I’ve had enough and begin doing something that makes you feel good. Know your limits and give yourself a break from social media once in a while.
Sending you positive vibes and peace of mind.