Since I started my blog I have spent a lot of time on social media than I used too. Social media is a great tool for marketing my blog posts. Social media has such positive benefits for networking and branding but there can be negative set backs and some times a break from social media is good to refocus.
The benefits of social media are vast but there are some negative aspects for example; receiving negative online comments which can make social media exhausting and a struggle at times. March 13th is National Day Of Unplugging and I decided to share some tips about participating in a successful digital detox period and the benefits you will have from going through a digital detox.
If you are a blogger, social media is crucial in being successful. So if you are wanting a few days to detox I recommend:
1. Schedule your content
With the use of helpful apps like Buffer, it is easy to schedule tweets and blog posts, so whilst you are taking the detox, you will still have content going live and have engagement on your platforms to keep your blog traffic steady.
2. Turn off your notifications
Notifications are a big part of not sticking to a period of unplugging, seeing that little notification icon, just makes you want to check it, am I right? So if you are like are drawn in by those little numbers of notifications, turn them off! Then there is no temptation to respond and you will not get those little noises!
3. Make plans off screen
Keeping busy, can help keep your mind away from social media and that scrolling behaviour. Making plans with family or friends and living in the moment. Or taking some time for yourself. I always feel so refreshed after days away from social media with family.
4. Log out of your social media apps
If you still find yourself checking the apps for notifications, you can try logging out of the apps or even temporarily deleting the app from your phone. It means when you are taking a photo of a family moment or taking a call you will not be tempted to click that app.
9 Benefits from carrying out a social media detox
There are great benefits to having a digital detox and taking time away from social media. I complied a list 9 benefits that seem to be the most prominent after a social media detox:
- Improves your mood
- Self-esteem can rise
- Can reduce anxiety
- You will have a lot more free time
- More opportunities to live in the moment
- Will be more productive
- You can stop obsessing over the past
- You will stop comparing yourself with others
- You can sleep better
These are only a handful of benefits you may experience when you take a digital detox. Have you experienced any of these benefits? I remember when I was younger there was less social media and definitely before blogging I spent less time on social media. This is why I like the idea of having a regular detox. Spending several days away from scrolling and making plans.
Have you ever given yourself a digital detox? I’d love to hear in the comments.