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  • Gracie Williams

Is it time for a digital detox?

Are you:

  • Comparing your looks to others on your social media feed?

  • Comparing your lifestyle to someone else’s on social media?

  • Comparing your relationships to those on social media?

  • Frequently getting annoyed, stressed, or upset at posts?

  • Having trouble sleeping?

  • Having trouble concentrating?

  • Going on social media last thing before bed and the moment you wake up?

  • Noticing increased anxiety and/or depression?

  • Spending hours scrolling mindlessly?

  • Feeling low or worthless because of a lack of engagement on your posts?

  • Having constant desire to check your phone?

Then, maybe it is time for a digital detox…

What exactly is a “digital detox”?

According to the Oxford Languages, digital detox is defined as:

A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

Although social media has its benefits in creativity and communication, it can also be detrimental to our mental health.

We often forget that what we see on our social media feeds is mostly just a highlight reel. In other words, when we post on Instagram, are we more likely to post a photo that makes us feel good or feel bad?

The same goes for everyone else that you see on social media. People only share what they want to share, and more often than not, the posts are selfies in which they look good, positive memories, and big moments in life. We get so caught up that we forget that they experience lows too, and what you see on the surface isn’t always what is truly there.

This can cause a huge spiral of comparison, anxieties, low moods, and jealousy.

Likewise, in today’s society most of what we do is online. Work or personal, we spend a lot of time in the world of social media, which means that when we are not interacting and engaging online, many of us feel almost out of control, like we need to check our phone to survive.

However, life is much more than the object you hold in your hand.

So, we encourage you to do a digital detox…

According to MedicalNewsToday, a 2021 study found that limiting social media usage improved sleep, decreased stress levels, and improved mental health issues. Not only this, but according to MakeUseOf (2022) taking a break from social media can help you embark on a mindfulness journey, increases connection with nature, others, and yourself.

Try a weekend of limited to no social media use, and let us know how it went for you over on our Instagram (@strengtheningHER)

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