Saturday Social Media Detox – Our Experience

How many of you grab your phones first thing in the morning? How many of you are constantly reaching for it throughout the day to get on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat?

I am a blogger and my husband is big on Youtube and he just entered into the world of blogging. Between our businesses and school, we are constantly on our phones or computers.

In order to build any business today, you need to be active on *at least* 2 social media accounts. 

If you want to build your business fast, you need to be very active on these accounts, which can be pretty time consuming.

My husband and I decided to have a social media detox on Saturday and here is our experience:

Before even starting the day, I failed within the first 5 minutes of waking up. I completely forgot about our social media detox day.

I immediately reached for my phone, got on Instagram, and checked my account before truly waking up. It was just automatic and I wasn’t even thinking. My husband jokingly tried to make me feel guilty, but then he later confessed that he did the same exact thing!

After posting a picture, I remembered our detox day so I put my phone down and allowed my body to naturally wake up. It was nice.

We spent the morning relaxing, drinking our coffee, and playing with Keo.

At one point, I told my husband to take a picture of Keo because he did something super cute, but he also left his phone behind. We both just looked at each other and laughed.

We went from constantly being glued to our phones, to not even having them on us and the difference was noticeable.

I thought it was going to be harder, but it was actually very nice and slightly freeing.

I was completely present for Pedro and Keo the whole entire day. No checking my phone here and there.

I was happier, more relaxed, more focused, and even more energized.

It was the reset my mind, body, and soul needed. 

Social media can be such a great source of communication and connection. I have “met” some really amazing women through social media who I would have never known before I started blogging.

My husband and I are actually together because of Facebook.

With that being said, social media can also produce a lot of negative feelings and emotions. Comparison being the root of those feelings.

But taking a day to disconnect from these outlets was important for us individually and as a family.

We enjoyed it so much that we decided to continue this by making Saturday a Social Media Detox day.

Going “screenless” is another option we are going to try later on, but for now, we will be detoxing from social media on Saturday’s!

 

 

Social Media Detox

7 COMMENTS

  1. Dana | 9th Oct 17

    It is very time consuming and I had not realized just how much time it would take up out of my life when I got started! This is a really great idea as I can definitely see how trying to keep a constant social media presence can be very stressful in relationships. Just like anything in life, you have to find that work balance. <3

  2. Monica | 9th Oct 17

    I love this idea so much!! I know we are all on social media too much, maybe I will give up social media one day a week. Thanks for sharing!

  3. April Kitchens | 9th Oct 17

    Social media detox’s are the best. I do them unintentionally on weekends, mainly because I’m busy doing other things. Are you going to detox every weekend? I think I will.

  4. Morgan | The Pursuit of Play | 10th Oct 17

    This is awesome! Thank you for writing this. I am always wanted to detox on social media but feel that I can’t because I blog. Thank you for allowing me to see that it IS possible. Now, to talk my husband into it….

  5. NEHA JAIN | 14th Oct 17

    Such days should happen every week. Even I follow social media detox hour everyday and I tell you- that time is full of peace-of-0mind and I spend that hour with my 3yo toddler.
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  6. Amanda | 18th Oct 17

    Was it just social media or phones altogether including texts & calls? Very cool way to be intentional with your time!

    • Simply My Bella Vida | 29th Oct 17

      The first weekend it was just social media, but then we made it screen-less because we found loopholes around our original rule. Instead of sitting and scrolling through Instagram, Pedro sat and played a game. Instead of me checking Facebook, I checked my email! Ha so we ended up making it phones altogether minus picture taking 😉

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