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8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

Giving up or cutting back on social media isn’t easy. When you’re used to checking your smartphone constantly throughout the day, the habit can be pretty tough to break.

This is especially true if you don’t have anything else to fill the time you’d usually spend on social media.

However, there’s actually a LOT of things you could be doing besides social media. Here, you’ll discover 8 of the best alternatives ways to better spend your time.

1.) Catch Up With Friends

Instead of messaging and interacting with your friends on social media, go and see them! In-person interaction is so much more rewarding than online interaction. So, arrange to meet up and grab a coffee or watch a movie – you’ll enjoy it so much more!

2.) Read A Book

Reading a book can be really relaxing and more importantly, it gives your eyes a screen break. Spending too much time staring at a screen definitely isn’t good for you! So, take a break, read a book and broaden the mind.
8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

3.) Meditate

Meditation is extremely beneficial for your mental health. It’s also an awesome stress reliever. You don’t need to meditate for hours. Even just 5 minutes a day can do wonders for the mind.

4.) Do A Puzzle

Why not get your brain working and do a puzzle? You can buy puzzle books with a variety of puzzles to test the brain. It’s definitely better than wasting brain cells staring at a screen.

5.) Exercise

It may not sound like fun, but you’re going to feel so much better after doing exercise. Social media is known to encourage inactivity. So, get up, get moving and help yourself get healthier and happier.
8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

6.) Listen to Music

Music has the power to instantly lift the mood. It distracts you from your everyday life, eases stress and can make you feel energized. So, throw on your favorite tunes or discover new artists.
8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media

7.) Take A Walk

Getting out into nature is great for your wellbeing. It’s easy to forget about the real world around you when you’re immersed in a digital world. So, take a walk to your local park, or even just around the block. See how much better you feel afterwards.

8.) Do Something Productive

Last but not least, you can use your free time to do something productive. If you constantly seem to waste most of your time on social media, stop the cycle and make a list of things that need to be done. Use your time to complete these tasks instead.

8 Things You Can Do Instead of Social Media
These are just 8 things you can do instead of social media. The truth is, there’s literally hundreds of alternative ways to spend your time other than browsing on a screen.

So, the next time you feel compelled to check your social media account, do one of the ideas above.    
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Brittany Washburn
5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

Are you ready for a challenge?
The past few weeks I've been sharing the negative consequences of too much social media time. Now, it is time for a detox. Will you join me?

Now you know the negative impact social media could be having on your life, the question is how do you stop? Social media addiction is a real issue in today’s society. Like any addiction, it can be pretty tough to break a social media habit.
However, the good news is, there are lots of tips you can follow to make quitting your addiction easier. Here, you’ll discover just 5 tips to quit your social media addiction.

1. Switch Off Notifications

It’s going to be pretty tough to cut back your social media use if you keep getting notifications. While notifications on the actual apps aren’t necessarily a problem, the push notifications you get on your phone are.

Think about it, you’re minding your own business, then you get a push notification telling you a friend or family member has posted something. The likelihood is, you’re going to stop whatever you’re doing and quickly check what’s new.

Without notifications, you’ll find you check your social media accounts a lot less frequently. 

2. Aim to Quit Gradually

Like any addiction, the key to success is gradually reducing your social media use. If you attempt to go cold turkey, you’ll find it much harder to resist. However, cutting back gradually will make it much easier.

You can reduce your social media usage in a number of ways. Setting specific time slots where you can check your accounts for example, is a good start.

3. Find A New Hobby

You’re going to need something to distract you with the free time you’re going to have. So, the best thing to do is to find a new hobby.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? If so, do it now. Finding a hobby you can immerse yourself into will definitely encourage you to spend less time online.
5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

4. Use It With Good Intentions

When used correctly, social media can have positive effects on he health. It’s the pointless scrolling, attention seeking posts and the comparing ourselves to others which do us no favors! So, start using social media only with good intentions.

This could mean using it to check in with friends and family who live far away. Or, it could be you’ll use it to set up an event for everyone to get together.

5. Consider What Your Posts Are Achieving

When it comes to posting on social media, it helps to think before you make a post. Why are you making the post? Is it to get attention because you’re bored? If so, rather than post on social media, call a friend.

Think about why you’re posting and what alternative behaviors you could follow to get the same outcome. 

It can be difficult to break a social media habit. However, the 5 tips above will definitely make it a lot easier!
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Brittany Washburn
Social Media and Mental Health

Social Media and Mental Health

Did you know your social media habit could be adding to your mental health worries? You probably did, but I'd like to remind you in this post about some of the negative effects of too much scrolling.

Although experts aren’t quite sure whether or not social media causes mental health issues, they do know there’s definitely link between them. Numerous studies have shown that those who use social media do report feeling more anxious, depressed and stressed.

So, how does social media impact our mental health? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the effects social media could be having on your emotions.

Reducing Self-Esteem

Everyone has insecurities and social media seems to do wonders at preying on them. If you find you often compare yourself, especially aesthetically, to the people you follow, it’s going to have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem.
Comparing ourselves to others never leads to a positive outcome. By seeing how well others are doing and then basing our own self worth on how we compare, it really batters our self-esteem. 

Contributing Towards Anxiety and Depression

Those who use social media frequently have shown to have increased levels of depression and anxiety compared to those who don’t. There’s a number of reasons why this could be.

Although you’re technically interacting with friends and family, social media can leave you feeling isolated.

It’s just not the same as real interaction. So, if most of your human interaction happens via social media, it’s going to leave you feeling depressed.
The fact it’s easy to compare our lives in a negative way to others on social media is another reason it can trigger anxiety and depression.

You’re constantly left in a state of envy, feeling bad about yourself because you just can’t compare. It’s a vicious cycle which really can leave you feeling miserable.

Feeling Disconnected From The World

INTROVERTS UNITE! Right? Well, not really. 

We already touched briefly on the fact that using social media to interact with others can lead to depression. However, it can also have a much deeper impact on your well being.

When all you do is interact digitally, it can leave you feeling totally disconnected from the real world. Your social skills could start dwindling, you’ll feel lonely and isolated. Humans need human interaction. Without it, our lives can feel a lot lonelier.

These are just some of the ways social media impacts our mental health. While it can definitely prove useful when used sparingly, too much social media use is guaranteed to start having negative effects on the mind.

So, if you’re a self-confessed social media junkie, now’s definitely the time to consider quitting your addiction. 

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Brittany Washburn
5 Benefits of Cutting Back on Social Media

5 Benefits of Cutting Back on Social Media

5 Benefits of Cutting Back on Social Media

When you’re so accustomed to using social media on a daily basis, cutting back can prove to be really difficult. However, it can help to remind yourself of the reasons you want to cut down, along with the benefits it will bring.
To give you some much-needed motivation, here you’ll discover just 5 benefits of cutting back your social media use.

1. You’ll Get A Better Night’s Sleep

The Bank of America carried out a survey which questioned 1,000 adults in the US. It revealed that 71% of respondents sleep next to, or with their smartphone.
The National Sleep Foundation claims that the blue light which is emitted from your phone, could be keeping you awake for longer.
This is because the blue light messes with melatonin production within the body. It is this which is responsible for helping you to fall asleep. So, cut back on your social media use in bed and you should find it easier to fall asleep.

2. You’ll Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

One of the biggest negatives of social media, is that it often causes us to compare ourselves to others. We see how well our friends, family and colleagues are doing and it can make us feel envious and like we’re not doing as well.
Comparing yourself to others is damaging to your mental health. When you cut back your social media usage, you’ll be amazed how much happier and relaxed you feel because you aren’t comparing yourself to anyone else.

3. You’ll Have More Free Time

It’s estimated the average person spends around two hours every day checking their social media accounts. That’s a lot of time that you’re never going to get back! Not to mention the fact that wasting time on social media can leave you feeling terrible.
By cutting back, you’ll have a lot more free time to spend doing something productive. You could even use the time to pamper yourself and do something you enjoy.
5 Benefits of Cutting Back on Social Media

4. You’ll Enjoy Life More

When you aren’t caught up in social media, you’ll be able to appreciate and enjoy life a lot more.
So many people don’t realize that they spend more time worrying about posting what they’re doing on their social media channels, that they don’t actually enjoy what they’re doing.
They certainly don’t appreciate it as much as they would without the social media distraction.

5. It Could Reduce Anxiety and Depression

While there’s no way to tell whether social media causes anxiety and depression, it is definitely linked to mental health issues. By cutting yourself off from social media, you may find you feel a lot more relaxed, happier and less anxious.

These are just 5 benefits of cutting back your social media use. It won’t be easy, especially if you’re used to checking in to your accounts frequently. However, the benefits are definitely worth holding out for.   
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Brittany Washburn

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