Social Media Addiction – 5 Steps to Free Yourself From Social Media
First, let’s look at some obvious symptoms of social media addiction to decide if this is you. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is social media a time-waster for you?
- Are you feeling bad about yourself after spending time online?
I did some research and found an interesting article on WebMD. The post stated:
“For the billions of young people who seek community and connection on social media, new research warns their search may be in vain.
Instead, spending too much time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may actually increase the risk of depression and loneliness.
So concludes a small analysis that tracked the impact such sites had on the mental health of 143 users between the ages of 18 and 22.”
With that said, it could be time to get some help. Or at least take action to help yourself.
The following five steps can help you move toward reducing your addiction to social media — and, you’ll be happier for it!
5 Quick Steps to Get Unplugged from Social Media Addiction
Before you decide to make a change, ask yourself if you’re ready for it. No matter if you fail or succeed, it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and motivation.
If you were to rate your motivation to disconnect from the digital world as a 1-10 (1 being your least motivated, 10 your most motivated), what would you give it?
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What would you do if you had a score below 10?
How would you be motivated to change? After answering those questions, you can move on to the first step in kicking the social media habit.
Step 1: Monitor Your Screen Time
When you monitor your screen time, you’ll know how much time you spend on social media.
You can easily program your phone to calculate that for you.
The goal is to reduce screen time for a month. To stay focused, mark your daily screen time on a calendar.
Step 2: Develop Emotional Awareness
When looking at social media, be aware of your emotions. You should do this every time you feel down.
Set a one-minute screen timeout. Concentrate on your breathing for a minute. When you feel negative emotions, breathe deeply for six breaths.
Step 3: Cleanse Your Social Media to Help Stop Addiction
Stop following anyone who posts something you don’t find positive on social media.
With this cleanse, you will be able to enjoy your favorite social media site even more. Do this step every week if you wish.
Step 4: Implement a Bedtime Routine
Turn off all devices thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime from now on and begin a new bedtime routine.
Maintain a 30-minute to an hour before bedtime routine of no screen time.
Step 5: Plan Offline Time
Do not use social media on your phone for the next 24 hours.
This may seem a bit scary at first, but don’t worry, they can be reinstalled tomorrow.
If you turn off your notifications, you will still be able to receive text messages and phone calls.
Can You Really Raise Your Social Media Unplugging Score?
I believe you can! It’s just a matter of saving these 5 steps, motivating yourself to do it, and repeating them consistently. But remember, unplugging from social media only works if you work at it.
Nothing speaks like action. I cover more of the howto’s in my free report. It’s called Digital Disconnect and you can get it here.
Thanks again for reading and I hope your social media addiction subsides real soon! To your success! – Bob