We live in a busy world where social media seems to be somewhat taking over. While there are many amazing features of social media that allow us to connect with friends and family all over the globe, the recent increase in social media usage has led some people to believe it is having a detrimental effect on our overall health, wellbeing and productivity. If you are looking to be more conscious of your social media usage, then here are five tips to help reduce your use of social media.
Allocate ‘Screen Free’ Time
A quick and easy way to help reduce your usage of social media and disconnect from technology in general is to allocate a part of your day, every day, when screens are not to be looked at. This leaves you free to relax, read a book or exercise and makes sure that you don’t spend all day attached to your phone.
Use an App
Ironically, there are apps available for your phone to help reduce your use of social media. Apps like offtime help to reduce your use of social media by blocking your access to certain applications and monitoring how much time you spend on your phone, and what you do on it. This helps you not only to spend more time disconnected from social media, but also provides an insight into how much time you really spend on your phone.
Buy an Alarm Clock
Many of us wake up in the morning and the first thing we look at or touch is our phones, because they are what we set out alarms on. This leads to the habit of checking social media the minute you wake up and research has shown that this can lead to negative psychological effects such as reduced self-esteem and reduced sleep quality. To combat this, try buying a stand-alone alarm clock to replace your phone, and leaving your phone on charge as far away from your bed as possible.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and connecting to your thoughts and feelings. Oftentimes, social media can do the opposite of this, taking us away from the now and distracting us with highly edited images and news from around the world. Taking even a few minutes to check in with yourself and become mindful of the present moment can help to reduce overall social media usage.
Find Your News Elsewhere
A recent study found that over 60% of Americans use social media as their primary news source and while staying up to date with current events can be a good thing, using social media to do it often leads us to spend an unnecessary amount of time on our phones. Try to switch it up and instead of getting your daily news from social media, look elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be a printed newspaper, online websites such as WallStreetOTC.com can provide you with all your news, without the added distraction of Facebook messages or Instagram notifications.
With these tips, you can find more time in your day to do things like spending time with your family and living a healthier lifestyle, which is surely worthwhile.