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I recently went on a social media detox for 2 months. This meant I deactivated all of my social accounts apart from my work related Twitter!
Social media is great for sourcing information, inspiration and also for connecting with loved ones who either live far away or in another country and not to mention it is wonderful for establishing and maintaining business contacts.
However I have to admit, I struggle with keeping updated on what is happening across all of my social media accounts. I found that I was constantly distracted by constant notifications or even FOMO (fear of missing out).
So, I decided to do the unthinkable and stop sharing my personal moments (except for my professional ones) and go on a social media detox.
The good news is I survived! Yay! Most, surprisingly I gained a lot from my experience and the three main lessons I learned were:
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I became present with the people around me. I was able to build much deeper relationships because I didn’t feel the need to post my every move. I could enjoy the moment and actually be present without constantly checking my phone or posing for the next pic to upload. Have you ever been out with a group of friends, and rather than talking to each other, everyone is checking their phones and busy posting away? We can sometimes fail to connect with others as we are too busy connecting with the online world. Being present with my loved ones felt so rewarding and it reminded me that our main purpose as humans on earth is to cultivate deeper and authentic relationships.
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I was able to think clearly about who I am and where I want to be without any external influence. If you are anything like me you can get social media envy from time to time. If you are not careful, you may even end up making decisions based on what everyone else is doing. Whilst on the detox, I experienced great clarity with identifying and setting my personal goals and was also able to focus on doing things that will help me to become a better woman such as reading, journaling, learning new things for my business and taking long walks.
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I realised that I was able to be more productive and suddenly time felt like it was on my side! I managed to tick off all the tasks on my personal to do list because I was not busy scrolling through Instagram! My increase in productivity meant that I am now a few more steps closer to achieving my goals and dreams.
I would definitely recommend a social media detox even if you do it for a day, a week or even a month, I promise you it is well worth it! Give it a try and let me know how you get on by tweeting me on @epicawesomelife
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