Have you ever had those days where you felt overwhelmed by your online presence? There have been countless times where I’ve noticed myself scrolling almost robotically through my feed without taking anything in. While working on limiting my online presence, I realized how dependant I truly am on my phone.
If you feel like you could use a break from social media or want to limit your online presence, check out these tips on how to disconnect
DELETE THE APPS
Go ahead and delete the apps you use most for a day. You’ll quickly learn how little there is to do on your phone without them! When I delete my Instagram for a few days, I find I spend much less time on my phone altogether. If I do open my phone, I often turn it right back off because I no longer have my go to apps on there.
PUT YOUR PHONE IN ANOTHER ROOM
Before I go to sleep, I turn my phone off and put it in another room. Is anyone else notorious for scrolling endlessly through their phones before bed? Or waking up and reaching for their phone first thing in the morning? Me too. So, I leave my phone in the guest bedroom to charge so that I’m not tempted to look through it. Let’s face it, there’s no way I’ll be getting up and walking all the way over to the other room just to see my phone.
PICK UP A BOOK
Lately, I realized that even when I’m not on my phone, my mind is still racing through things I’ve seen online. I go through the plans I have for my Instagram, or the people I have to message, and my mind is still connected to the online world even if I’m off of it.
Pick up a book and immerse yourself in it. It may take a while for your mind to slow and to really commit itself to the read. If that happens, it’s a sign that it’s time to disconnect and take a break.
HEAD OUTSIDE WITH NOTHING BUT YOURSELF
This is one of my favorite remedies for helping with social media overwhelm. Okay, it’s basically my favorite remedy for everything. Leave your phone at home and disconnect while surrounded by nature. It is such a refreshing feeling to be outside, without a phone, a camera, or a feed to worry about. The best memories I have are ones I have rarely recorded. It’s a liberating feeling to leave your phone and camera at home during an adventure- even if only once!
When you’ve taken a few steps to disconnect yourself from the online mayhem that is social media, you’ll be more intune with practicing mindfulness. Sit up straight in a quiet, calm place. Close your eyes and listen to your breath.
Let your thoughts flow freely, and focus on the present moment. When your mind has wandered, acknowledge it’s wandering, and bring yourself back to the present moment. Mindfulness is all about paying attention to the present, and allowing your thoughts to come and go as they inevitably do.
What are some ways you disconnect from the online world? I’d love to hear about your tips and tricks below!