9 Tips For A Successful Social Media Cleanse

September 2, 2016  |  
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As wonderful as social media can be, there are times when you simply need to step away from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and the like. Why? Well, there are many reasons. Time, being one of them. You might plan on spending a few minutes on Facebook and suddenly, an hour later, you’re wondering where the time went. Time you could have spent doing a host of things. Time you should have spent doing a host of things. Then there’s the trolls. Racists, haters, know-it-alls, or some form of all three. Reading through your timelines and feeds can leave you feeling tired, sad, burned out or stressed. And yet, seemingly, you can’t look away.

That’s where you’re wrong. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you just might be in need of a social media cleanse. If you need a little help pulling your break off, we’ve got you covered with some helpful reminders and tips.

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Time Limit

If you feel like you need a bit of a break from social media but you’re not fully ready to commit, set a daily limit on the amount of time you’ll spend on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the like – and stick to it. You’ll never successfully complete the cleanse if you ignore this simple tenet.

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Time, Part Deux

Speaking of time, think of all the time you’ll save by taking a break from social media. Those 10 minutes…okay, that hour you spend perusing Twitter before you get out of bed in the morning? You can get a quick cardio workout in, shower and make yourself some breakfast.

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FOMO

Forgo your fear of missing out. Should any major news drop while you’re on your social media cleanse, you’ll more than likely hear about it via other sources.

A recent add on allows you to prevent Facebook (and your ex) from upsetting you with their "On This Day" feature.

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Mute

We hear a ding, buzz or hum and suddenly we’re all over our phone, laptop or iPad. But you can avoid that by muting all of your social media notifications.

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Delete the App

Your social media accounts will obviously still be active, but if you temporarily delete the apps, you won’t have the desire to check your feeds over and over again.

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What Are Phones for Again?

Remember what you used your phone for prior to the invention of texting and social media? Use it to actually call someone. Bonus points if you call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. They’ll appreciate the call.

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Comparison

There’s this odd thing that happens when we’re on social media. Whether intentionally or not, we compare ourselves to other people. A lot. And in ways that don’t often happen in our everyday lives. You will notice the difference when you’re on your cleanse.

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Sharing Is Caring

You don’t have to share every single thought, incident, situation, dream, inspiration…get where I’m going? Recognizing this can keep you from spending all of your time on social media.

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Leave It Alone

Most of us carry our cell phone on our person at all times. But there are times when we simply don’t need it. Unless you’re expecting a very important phone call, there’s no reason you should bring your phone into the bathroom if you’re taking a shower, or have it at your side while striking a yoga pose, or while getting dressed. Put the phone away. You will be all right.

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Trolls

There’s one group of people we’d all like to avoid: trolls. They may not come directly for you, but they’re there nonetheless, just a scheming, scamming and trolling. But trolls can’t attempt to steal your joy if you step away from their domain. That’s not giving them free reign, it’s more like exercising self-care, much like Leslie Jones did.

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