Tips for Having a Successful Social Media Detox

Getting sucked into the black hole that is social media is easy and realizing it’s OK to take a break from it and enjoy living in the moment is important.

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Do you find yourself spending wayyyy to much time on social media? Girl, I’m with you! Sometimes I feel like I’m being pulled into this black hole that I can’t get out of. Between Twitter, Instagram, and yes, Facebook, I find myself constantly scrolling – seeing what people are wearing, what they’re doing, where they’re traveling to.

Social media – it’s showcasing our best moments, our best outfits, our best travels. Very rarely do people share the real shit (although it is becoming more popular, thank god!) that we deal with on a regular basis and I think sometimes we forget to take that into consideration. I can tell you I’m guilty of scrolling through Instagram and thinking to myself “I wish I looked like that” or “I wish I had her closet.”  Once you realize you’re comparing yourself to these “perfect” moments, it’s easier to remind yourself they’re just that – a serious of perfect moments.

Whether you’re finding yourself comparing yourself to others far too frequently or are just spending too much time aimlessly scrolling when you should be spending time with your family, it’s time to take a break. Nothing bad is going to happen if you don’t check your Instagram every 5 minutes, no one is going to die if you don’t answer your DM’s for a few days, and your business is sure as hell not going to crumble to the ground because you didn’t update your followers with your every waking move.

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Have you finally realized it’s okay to step away from social media for a little bit? GOOD! Now it’s time to detox that shit out of your system.

How to have a successful social media detox:

Detoxing from social media is one thing, but being successful at it is a completely different story. The goal is to come back refreshed, inspired, and more aware. Aware of the time that you’re spending on social media and aware that social media is just a highlight reel.

1. Put the phone away

My biggest issue when it comes to avoiding social media is the ease of accessing it on my phone. Whether I’m laying on the couch, in the midst of my commute, or have a quick second at work, it’s so easy to pick up my phone and open the app.

When you feel the itch to hop on social media – put your phone away. What’s the saying? Out of sight, out of mind.

2. Delete your social media apps

If you need to have access to your phone but your social media apps are tormenting you, delete your social media apps! Again – out of sight, out of mind.

It’s much more difficult to access social media through your phone’s browser (compared to utilizing an app), making it less likely you’ll cave and open your account.

3. Take a trip to a place with no service

Okay, okay – this one is easier said than done BUT hear me out. When was the last time you took a trip somewhere that didn’t have service? Didn’t it feel *so* good to be away from social media (and your phone)!? I’m sure you borderline forgot that it even existed.

Use your detox as a time to catch up with old friends or to squeeze some quality time in with your boo. Plan a trip to a tropical island, head to Europe, or plan a road trip to your favorite beach for the day. You don’t have to spend a million dollars! Take advantage of your social media detox as a time to get some R&R from your day-to-day responsibilities, too.

4. Get your friends in on it

Don’t want to give up social media because you know you’ll have FOMO? Get your friends in on it! Make plans for a GNO, sans significant others, and have a good time. Forget your phones at home (or at least in your glove compartment!) and enjoy each other’s company. When the night is over, stay supportive of your social media detox. The important thing is not caving!

How do you ensure a successful social media detox?


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30 Comments

  1. 8.1.18
    Cathy said:

    Social media breaks are so good! I love taking them when I’m camping with the kids. Social media can be so addicting!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      So, so good! Love a good camping trip, too!

  2. 8.1.18
    Juliet Ly said:

    3 and 4 are great tips! When you’re on your phone, your friend will also be on their phone!

    And I love traveling to places with no service like the mountains or a forest trail. Nature is beautiful.

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Yes, I agree with you 100%!

  3. 8.1.18

    Ahh love this post! This is so important, I think we should all do it! Also, love this outfit babe! You’re killing it!!

    Lauren Lindmark | https://dailydoseofcharm.com

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lauren!! You’re so sweet!

  4. 8.2.18
    Briana said:

    Great topic! This is honestly so important!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Briana!

  5. 8.2.18
    camilla said:

    Great, outfit suits for a day out. I like your seagrass bag.

    https://lizado-tshirt.blogspot.com/

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Camilla!

  6. 8.2.18
    Kileen said:

    This is such a cute outfit babe! I’m such a sucker for cute earrings, love these ones!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Kileen! They’re my fave.

  7. 8.2.18

    I usually do a social detox when I go on vacation! Especially if it’s not in the US, I won’t make an effort to go on the wifi, unless it’s just to check in back at home. Great tips!

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      So smart! Even if you allow yourself an hour to get caught up, it makes a huge difference.

  8. 8.2.18
    Liz said:

    I love your earrings! And social media breaks are so important! It’s so easy to get sucked in!

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Liz!

  9. 8.2.18
    Greta said:

    I love a good social media detox. It feels so good to go offline and be in the moment!

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      I agree! And it helps with productivity and thinking of new content to write 😉

  10. 8.6.18
    Whitney said:

    ugh Detox is always hard for me! but so necessary!

    xo, Whitney

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      So, so necessary!

  11. 8.7.18
    Jessica said:

    Taking a trip to the mountains is my favorite way to disconnect. The service is horrible up there so you kind of have no choice but to relax.
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      YASSS. And nothing is better than being in the mountains!

  12. 8.7.18
    Sara said:

    Vacations without service are so so good for the soul! I can relate to getting sucked in so sometimes I go two or three days without posting on IG!

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      I just went on one for the 4th and it was *amazing* – it’s always nice to spend time with those around you without being glued to your phone.

  13. 8.8.18
    Kristina said:

    These are all great tips and I need to detox one of these days… the social media black hole is real!!

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Yes it is!!

  14. 8.8.18
    Lindsay said:

    Yes to putting the phone away! Definitely something I am trying to do more when I’m at home until later in the evenings

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      The evenings kill me, I always want to catch up on what happened on Instagram and Twitter throughout the day! I’ve recently started to pick up a book instead of picking up my phone and it feels SO good. I’m even sleeping better!

  15. 8.8.18
    Stephanie said:

    WITH YA! I feel so refreshed when I do a social media detox– it’s amazing how much time we spend on it! Granted, we kind of have to be on it because it’s our JOB, but it’s totally beneficial to disconnect every now and then.

    • 8.9.18
      Rachel said:

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I totally agree with you, Steph! Even if you’re still posting but avoid the scrolling, it still feels soo good.