Digital Health Cont’d: 3 Strategies To Kick Your Social Media Addiction

Use app blockers when working

If you need to work but are worried about using your apps, using app blockers may be a good tactic. They’re pretty simple: once booted up, they stop you from using your phone or tabs on your desktop. Some do it by opening up a timer over your screen or open up a whole app where you’re not allowed to minimize it until you complete whatever you set out to do.

Delete accounts that don’t serve you

This piece of advice is the most common one when it comes to getting control of your social media, and for good reason. Chances are you’ve dabbled with multiple platforms, and probably still use many of them. But how many of them do you ACTUALLY need?

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People be thinkin’ they’ll get superpowers the more time they spend on their phone. (Photo by Neil Soni on Unsplash)

Social Media Detoxes

Another method that works really well is to take an extended break from social media. When you pick specific times of the year to do a “social media detox”, you can notify whoever you need to ahead of time that you’ll be off all platforms. Plus, you can test how much you actually need a platform, then return later and get rid of whichever ones aren’t serving you.

Now With All Your Free Time…

We’ve cleared up your schedule and now you’re spending less time on your phone, at your laptop, or responding to every ping and buzz you get. You have more time to do whatever you feel like. You have free reign to test out new hobbies, take trips, or sit and relax. So, what are you going to do? If you’re unsure, here are a few suggestions:

  • Start a hobby (knitting? Geoaching? Fighting dragons?)
  • Meditate
  • Plan out travel goals (and actually do them)
  • Read a book
  • Visit and spent time with friends (when it’s safe to do so)

Poli Sci grad, Comms Strategist, great at remembering names and terrible at pronouncing them. I write on political psych, practical philosophy, and random stuff

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