As I am getting close to my deadlines, final exams, moving out, I find it necessary to unplug from all my social media and digital platforms. Why?
Well simply because when I am stressed, I tend to hide behind social media, spend unnecessary amount of time scrolling through my Facebook or Instagram or even watching youtube videos that I barely enjoy watching. Needless to say that procrastination and unproductivity invite themselves over, to keep me company. I noticed this patten a little over a year ago. Here is what I try to do…
I try to take corrective actions to avoid this; cause’ girl I ain’t got for this! In fact, for the next 2 weeks, I plan on being M.I.A (Missing in Action) from this platform. I do this to better handle stress, focus on my priorities, reconnect with myself, reboot and come back like I ain’t never left!
What’s in it for You?
Unplugging leaves you feeling refreshed, re-energized; it makes you appreciate the little things that life offers that you have probably taken for granted. It is the best thing you can do for yourself when you are feeling overloaded with stress or when you just need a break from the social media to clear your mind. Because mental clutter is real! and like I said I have no time for it. I need my mental space to be clear for me to process other things that are going on in my life.
It’s Your Moment
The reason I didn’t give any steps on how to unplug, it’s because I think it is personal. You can customize it. For me, unplugging means turning off my phone for 3-4 hours, limited access to social media (no more than twice a day). For someone else, it might be more or less rigid depending on your reason for doing it. And it doesn’t have to be for a long period of time, you can do it for a few hours, 24 hours, 3 days, or 1 week or more. You decide!
Unplugging does not mean disconnecting completely from family and friends. Let 1 or 2 persons know when and why you are unplugging to reassure them. Make sure that the people who love you, are not worried. Before I go on my “digital detox” I explain it to my family and close friends, and check with them from time to time to let them know I am OK and make sure they are OK as well.
What do you do when you feel overloaded with stress or your mind is cluttered with images or negative thoughts?
Have you tried the method of unplugging before? If yes share your experience with me in the comments.
If not, Try it! You will be amazed.
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