I had every intention last week to post a Self Care Tip but with Hurricane Florence and experiencing a few power outages, that just wasn’t in the cards. But, last weekend did inspire this weeks self care tip. Because of my power going in and out I had an unintentional social media free weekend. Sure I didn’t really have a choice but it got me thinking that one thing I should do more often is unplug and give myself a weekend free of social media.
Can I be real for a minute? It’s so easy to get caught up in that timeline scroll of pretty pictures and easily loose 30 minutes to hours of time. I know, it happens to me too ALL OF THE TIME. While we all know that those pretty squares don’t always depict real life, it’s still easy to get caught up in comparison. That’s why a break from social media is great for your own self care. If the idea of a social media free weekend causes you to react a little, I totally understand. I’m right there with you. To help all of us out, I’ve got some intentional ways to help us get started.
#1 Start Small
Instead of going all the way in and disconnecting from everything start with one social media app at a time. You can also give yourself one day out of the week or over the weekend to be free of social media. Sometimes going all in can be harder to do so starting small is good and small progress is still progress.
#2 Schedule Your Breaks
Make a plan. Look at your calendar and set a day or weekend when you will not look at social media. By scheduling this break you know it’s coming and can do some mental preparation like plan some other activity that is fun but can also distract you.
#3 Find an accountability partner
Whenever we start something new like a workout, a cleanse or even an online class we decide to take, having an accountability parter is great. Yes, this can even include social media, having someone who can give us support and call us out if they see us on the gram is helpful. Whether it’s your BFF or apps like Moment or Flipd having help and staying accountable is how you get through it especially at the beginning.
#4 Give yourself Grace
Seriously, don’t beat yourself up if your weekend break was a day or not at all. It’s OK tomorrow is a new day to try again.
Whether you have a social media break this weekend, or schedule it every two weeks or take a break for a month, I hope these tips give you some inspirational ways to get started and that you keep scheduling social media breaks or make it a part of your own self-care routine.