Remember how I went on a Social Media Fast the other week? It was so much more worth it than I thought it would be. I felt so strongly about the good it did for me that I decided it needed a blog post dedicated to it!
WHY I FASTED
I was depressed. I say “was” because even though I am still depressed, I am on the upper end right now. I was in a rut. I wasn’t motivated. I compared myself to everyone and everything I saw without realizing it. I was in a fog and going through the motions of everyday. I felt the sad fog weighing down on my shoulders daily. I needed something to change. I needed a new habit and something to get me going again.
I read about people doing social media fasts before and felt like I needed to challenge myself on this. I am addicted to my phone and social media, so what better thing to do than try and break the habit! I knew that if I could go a week without checking social media than I was stronger that my thoughts and negative habits.
HOW I DID IT
I chose to delete the three apps I spent the most time on: Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. I made sure I could remember my usernames and passwords for each and wrote it down before I deleted them (because how much would I hate to be done with social media to only not have access to it when I was ready for it again!).
I usually wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is go through each of my social media platforms and see what’s new. Because I was so used to grabbing my phone, I decided to replace the social media habit with a different, more informative habit. I read LinkedIn’s “Daily Rundown” every morning before getting out of bed. It got my brain to wake up and helped me think about what is going on outside of my little world.
I would then listen to Podcasts during the time I would get ready in the morning, instead of letting my Instagram stories run through. I loved this so much that the entire week, if it was just me driving in the car I would turn on podcasts! I’ll write a post later about my favorite podcasts, because listening to the right ones make such a difference!
The other big time I would spend on social media was after work. I replaced this with talking with my brother, giving family or friends a phone call, and catching up with them the “old fashioned way”. I loved this one on one time with them and getting to have real conversations.
LESSONS I LEARNED
I learned so much through this process. The biggest thing I learned was what was dictating my happiness. I let the world and its pressures, expectations (real or imaginary), and comparisons get to me. I let it tell me what to think about. I let it tell me what to do.
I learned that I can break from this though. I did break from this. I became truly happy. Sure my situation wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but I am the keeper of my happiness. I am the one who decides what is important and what I will do with my life. I am the one who can say “Good for you! I am going to do it differently”.
MY TAKE AWAYS
After this process, I decided that I would keep some of the habits I created in this time. I now only look at social media after noon on weekdays. I keep reading my LinkedIn articles before I get out of bed. I listen to my podcasts any chance I get when I’m by myself. I stopped comparing myself to those I barely knew on social media. I keep the confidence in knowing that I am the one who dictates my happiness. I am the one who decides what path I take and I am the one who decides how I react to life.
I really hope you take the opportunity to do a social media fast. Whether it’s just one day, one day a week, one week, one month, or longer. It will help clear your mind, soul, and help you re-evaluate you and your path.