“Distractions destroy actions. If it is not moving you towards your purpose, leave it alone.” — Jermaine Riley
In today’s world, social media is essential to our lives. It helps us to stay in touch with our friends, promote our work, and follow the latest news. However, what is the mental and physical impact those platforms have on us? When it is a time to break free?
Statistics show that the average person spends on social media 2,5 hours daily. It is over 37 days per year. However, this doesn’t mean that spending this much time on social media is good for you. From the beginning, the technology was meant to serve us and make our lives better. But sometimes you need a break from it. Not only celebrities like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran or Kim Kardashian found relief in doing so. I have done it myself and I state below some facts, which I have experienced that had an outstanding impact on my life.
It will help you to:
- Disrupt the Comparison Cycle
Researchers have discovered that most people who use social media end up comparing themselves to the lives of everyone they know. The problem with this is that it can have a serious impact on your self-confidence.
For example, if everyone you know is getting married, but you’re still stuck in an unhealthy relationship or single, you may end up feeling depressed. Hence, best is to disconnect from this cycle so that you can connect again with all of the breath-taking things in your life.
- Protect Your Privacy
- Improve Your Overall Mood
Studies have shown that the more time you spend on a social media site, the more likely you will get depressed and it is related to how stressed out or happy you feel.
In other words, if you’ve been feeling highly nervous, or unhappy, this is a good time to take a break from social media. It may feel odd at first, but your overall mood should begin to improve as you stay away from Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
- Live in the Moment
I know some people post their marriage photos immediately from the alter. Are you one of those people who post everything you do on social media sites while you are living the event?
You see the problem with documenting everything you do while living it, it drains you and takes you out of the moment. Also, your experiences are going to be of a lower value and become less memorable.
- Forget the Past
Do you keep yourself stuck in the negative past looking at old Instagram photos checking your ex- photos? Well, it makes it much more difficult to recover from a breakup.
Disconnecting form social media for a while can give you the time you need to actually move on with your life. If you decide to go back to social media sites, then best is to block anyone who pains you to see online. You can also remove every detail of anything from the past which can remind you of any hurt or discomfort.
- Gain a Lot of Free Time
Lots of people complain about lack of time to read, go to the gym or even clean their house. Well, putting away social media can give you at least 2 hours free every day and you will have enough time to do anything else you would like to do, during which you can devote your energy to improving your life.
From my experience, walking 30 min a day can offer a huge mental and physical health benefit rather than scrolling through Instagram feed. Definitely, you will feel less stressed out if you take some time to get your life in order.
In summary, LIVE a real life where you interact with REAL people in the REAL world! Don’t stress yourself making your profile wonderful.
Do thrilling stuff. Write a book. Plan a trip. Whatever. Just be AWESOME!