10 Profound Benefits of a Social Media Detox
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We all know social media can have negative effects, but we still use it every single day. For me, multiple hours per day.
In my previous post, I talked about the pros & cons and how to counteract the negative effects. If you haven’t read that one, check it out here:
The gist is this:
For Christians, the biggest problem with social media is that we give so much of our daily lives to it that we have less time, space, and energy for God.
If you resonate with that feeling of being in-tune with your virtual life but out-of-tune from God’s voice, then I invite you to take a social media break.
I recently took 2 weeks away from social media, and these were the benefits I received:
Living in the moment
CLARITY — I’m more in tune with my own priorities & life’s purpose, which are pretty dang different from what I see on my Instagram feed.
MINDFULNESS — When I’m less mindful of social media trends and mass information from everyone I’ve ever met, I can be more mindful of my own emotions, physical health, thoughts & mindsets, etc. I realize much quicker when I need to take a nap, meditate, or go on a walk.
SPIRITUAL AWARENESS — I can feel the Spirit’s leading in the little stuff all throughout the day. And at the end of the day, when I lay my head on the pillow, I have a true sense of joy when I’ve done the things that God’s led me to do that day.
FOCUS — I’m better able to deep-dive into the ideas that God gives to me. I find myself writing more, exploring biblical questions for hours, keeping my train of thought for longer than it takes to read a tweet.
DRIVE — I’m more disciplined and excited to accomplish my goals. Rather than checking my phone every 5 minutes and getting sidetracked with things that don’t really matter, I can give more of my energy throughout the day to the things that are helping me live out my life’s calling.
DECREASED ANXIETY — I’ve turned off notifications for my social media on my phone. When my apps are closed, they don’t have continual access to my mind. In an article published by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America:
“Too much internet can cause [anxiety,] depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), impulsive disorder, problems with mental functioning, paranoia, and loneliness.”
DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS — I’ve noticed that when I tune out of social media, I find out who I ACTUALLY talk with. I remember to text friends & family and ask simply “How are you? How can I pray for you?” In reality, I’m in the inner circle for a select few people, and I get to give and receive love there, which gives me a safe space to be my most vulnerable self.
LIVING IN THE MOMENT — Spontaneity is enhanced when we aren’t looking to our phones to tell us what to think about and what to do next. Walk around without your phone for a little bit. You’ll notice the chirping birds outside, you’ll be free to do a cartwheel when you want, or you can just sit and think of nothing — just create some wide open space for your mind to wander.
GRATITUDE — When my phone is silent and away from me, I have the ability to notice all the blessings I’m constantly surrounded by. I have clean water, clean air, wonderful friends, a loving husband, a sweet dog, stack of books, etc. How often do you stop and notice everything you have in life?
HAPPINESS — When you realize all you have, you can’t help but feel more happy. Happiness isn’t everything, I’ll give you that, but there’s something to be said for routinely experiencing happiness. When’s the last time you felt happy? Try it now! Just think about something that made you smile today and allow yourself to sink into that feeling.
If you feel like you need a break from social media, schedule it within the next week. Start with one day away and write down the benefits that you feel by the end of the day.
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