For the past 12 days I have practiced unplugging from the social media world. I’ll admit, this wasn’t an easy task but I was able to successfully limit my screen time to under 2 hours a day.

Although social media connects us to millions around the globe, it can also disconnect us from what’s healthy. As I suffer from mental illness and depression, I see first hand the negative effects of social media.

Did you know that social media effects the following:

  • mental health
  • attention span
  • sleep
  • memory
  • human connection
  • self-esteem

Social media has been proven to cause people to feel anxious and depressed. One can become solely focused with concerning themselves with the feelings of strangers who “follow” them even though they really don’t know who you are. The endless barrage of filtered photos can also cause poor self-esteem as you begin to compare your reality to someone’s insta-life. Let’s not forget our human connection. While glued to that lit up screen, it can be difficult to interact with others in person. Those lit up screens also play a big role in our poor sleeping patterns.

While I did find it hard to stay away from social media permanently, I did find other activities to distract myself. And as a result, I have seen a better connection with my family and better sleep each night. For instance, instead of screen time, we played a round or two of UNO or played fetch with our dachshund. I also took the time to work out more and take in more nature walks instead of grabbing my phone every few minutes.

Even though social media does have it’s advantages, I encourage you to look up every now and then and unplug. You’ll enjoy the benefits.


3 thoughts on “Unplug

  1. Michelle Zesati http://www.flavorandjoy.com ~Life is simple, yet it’s hard. Hoping to inspire you to overcome the hard. Let’s get healthy from our heads right down to our toes!~

    From: Cactus & Mimosas Reply-To: Cactus & Mimosas Date: Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1:51 PM To: Michelle Zesati Subject: [New post] Unplug

    TexasSharpShooter posted: ” For the past 12 days I have practiced unplugging from the social media world. I’ll admit, this wasn’t an easy task but I was able to successfully limit my screen time to under 2 hours a day. Although social media connects us to millions around the gl”

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  2. Love this post!

    Back in 2015 I decided to unplug for many reasons….my break lasted over 3 years lol It was weird at first, BUT such a welcomed sense of relief!! It was the best thing I ever did for myself, my mind, and my family. I was completely immersed in the now, in my life and what was important. Many didn’t understand my actions and now that I’m back after such a long time, I can sense the rejection from people who are like “oh, now you’re back” ….but I think those years of being unplugged made me stronger in my faith and in knowing my worth, so I can just brush it off, whereas before it was really hard and I took so much personally (even from strangers) and it affected me. It also proved to me who real friends and family were….social media gives you such a false sense of connection too…because when I unplugged, SO many people didn’t even notice or care, and here I was thinking I had so many “friends” lol. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m human and things still get to me, so I have to remind myself of what I learned and step away when I need it, or if I feel a wave of sadness or anxiety come on, I right away take a breath, pray and put my phone away! Thank you for the post and opening up! It is such a good reminder and I’m glad you are taking care of your mental health. Sending you prayers and positive energy!!

    Michelle Zesati http://www.flavorandjoy.com ~Life is simple, yet it’s hard. Hoping to inspire you to overcome the hard. Let’s get healthy from our heads right down to our toes!~

    From: Cactus & Mimosas Reply-To: Cactus & Mimosas Date: Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1:51 PM To: Michelle Zesati Subject: [New post] Unplug

    TexasSharpShooter posted: ” For the past 12 days I have practiced unplugging from the social media world. I’ll admit, this wasn’t an easy task but I was able to successfully limit my screen time to under 2 hours a day. Although social media connects us to millions around the gl”

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    1. I have taken a year long hiatus as well and it was definitely worth it. I too experienced the “you’re back” critics. In the end it’s about what makes us happy and helps us to be at peace with ourselves.

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