Social media dictates modern life. Apps and technology are at the centre of everything we do. For this reason, taking time away from social media is one of the best ways to engage in self-care. Our dependency on our modern-day devices means stepping away from Instagram notifications, and email pings isn’t as easy as we might believe.
Often, it’s not until we step away, that we realise just how deep our dependency lies. Making the conscious effort to distance yourself from the screen can help your body and mind relax, providing a profound and much-needed perspective on the world around us. If you’re struggling on what to fill those unoccupied hours with, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks for what you can do on a social media detox day.
It might seem slightly counter-productive, spending your day trying to avoid one screen, only to stare at another. However, how often do you fully immerse yourself in a movie? Do you watch it in its entirety, fully focused? Or do you have a quick scroll when the action subsides, or a sneaky Snapchat during the scary bits? This time, sit down and fully immerse yourself in the story; swoon at a classic love story, increase your heart rate with an action-packed car chase. Make sure you give the film the attention it deserves.
Cooking isn’t for everyone, but if you’re someone that enjoys cooking, filling your day making delicious delights in the kitchen is one of the most rewarding activities. Research recipes for that cake you’ve been dying to bake, or that curry you can’t seem to get right. Write down the ingredients you’ll need and the method to use. Cooking is an activity you can get fully absorbed by, the mental and physical engagement it demands means you’ll be too busy to even think about reaching for your phone.
The weather might be turning slightly chillier over here in the UK, but an autumnal walk is a great way to stay busy and feel all the better for it. If you’re close by the sea, refresh your senses in the sea air. If you’re in the country, clear your head whilst connecting with nature. Or, if you’re city living, simply walking around your local area and absorbing and appreciating all that surrounds you can be an extremely mindful and beneficial experience- showing all that exists outside the screen.
That book you keep meaning to read, but something always gets in the way? There are no excuses, use the time you’d otherwise be scrolling to settle down and start reading. Reading has innumerable benefits, and a good book will help take you away to a world so enchanting and exciting, you won’t even give your phone a second thought.
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If your concentration isn’t quite up to scratch (thanks TikTok!) then listening can help you explore other worlds and learn new information without the trial of keeping your eyes on the page. Settle down with a hot drink and your comfiest headphones and get lost in a good book, a new album, or an informative podcast. There are endless avenues for audible entertainment, many able to keep you occupied for hours on end.
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Spend Time With Loved Ones
Often we don’t notice just how much we’re sacrificing by being consumed by our screens. Most of us would view the time spent with loved ones as our top priority, but we sacrifice this time to take a quick call or to check Instagram. Make a conscious effort to stay away from your phone in the hours you’ve dedicated to spending with others IRL. Give those you love the care and attention they deserve.
Tidy Up and Get Organised
Tidying may feel like a chore, but it’s something you’ll always feel better after doing. Making your life and your surroundings tidy and well organised will have a positive impact on your mind and attitude. Use this time to tackle that mounting pile of laundry or meal plan for the week ahead– you’ll be thankful you’ve done it in the long run.
Engage in Self-Care Rituals
Taking time away from your phone is self-care in itself, but we can carry on this momentum by actively engaging in other forms of self-care. By carving out time to look after our body and mind, we develop a greater understanding of self. Living in a society consumed by the lives of others, it is important to be secure in our own lives and situations.
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The nature of our fast-paced, consumerist culture means everything must be profitable to be worth the time, money, and effort we dedicate to it. This obsession with monetization is something we must unlearn. Creativity is a wondrous thing. Being creative nourishes the soul and the mind, helping us connect with ourselves and the world around us. Spend time away from the screen drawing, writing, and creating whatever comes to mind.
Try Something New
Often we are taught that trying new things is only for the young and the creative. This attitude has led to a feeling of disenchantment and dissatisfaction among those who are too scared to try new things. It is never too late to try something new. Engage your mind and body by trying new activities and engaging in new practices. The experience will help stimulate the brain, helping you think in new ways and increasing your confidence.
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