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How to Unplug from your Phone and Social Media

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By Zyrakuma

Are you one to be addicted to your phone or social media accounts? I know I am (I mean, that’s what you expect when you become a blogger, right?) But even if you’re not a blogger, nearly everyone at this age all have a mobile phone in their hand and can easily keep up with everyone including friends, family, classmates, relatives, celebrities, and YouTubers on social media. 

What happened to the old days when your parents didn’t have phones accessible when they were children? Why not try re-living that feeling again by unplugging from social media and doing things that you weren’t aware of?

I’ve done this before just to take a break from social media and blogging. The results? I felt more refreshed and relaxed more than ever! No more stress, cramps, and a built-up mind. It’s like a mental health day where you get to put your body at rest and treat your body good with a detox.

So here are ways to unplug from your phone and social media (aka having a mental health day).

 

  1. Turn off your phone

The first step? Turning off your phone completely! Yes, power off and leave it somewhere where you can’t access it. I mean, if you’re going to successfully have a mental health day, you really need to really shut that thing off. Btw, don’t be thinking about bringing your phone to a forest and hiding it in the ground like a time capsule. You can always leave it in a cabinet, on top of your closet, in a shoe box (weird, I know but it’s simply a good use for unwanted shoe boxes) or desk drawer. But remember to write down where you place it in your planner, journal or on a sticky note so you don’t actually lose it.

 

  1. Stop the “FOMO” Thoughts

If you don’t know what FOMO stands for, it means “Fear of Missing Out”. So, if something interesting or an exciting event is happening, you’re absent on it aka you won’t be able to be notified of it. We all have been there when it comes to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram. We get these silly thoughts that once we’re away from social media, you’re just anxious on what is happening with the world around you like your friends or classmates graduating, going on vacation, buying something they’ve dreamed of or a juicy gossip that you wanted to hear from someone you admire. But we’re talking about you here. You are the one who you should focus on. So cancel out those thoughts and tell yourself that nothing important is going on. Think about it for a minute. Hence you should focus more on yourself and the activities you’re doing instead of thinking about what other people are doing. Here goes to my next step…

 

  1. Plan some Anti-Technology Activities or Trips

When it comes to taking a break from social media and work, you can always plan out trips or hobbies you can do that doesn’t involve using the internet but can also get you physically using your body like playing sports, skydiving, hiking, taking a walk, having a picnic, drawing, cooking, crafting, reading a book, playing board games, doing a puzzle, knitting, and the list goes on. Another way is to socialise (in person I mean) by going to your mates’ house and chill with them for the whole day or go on a road trip (if they’re even free or at home). Same goes for your family.

 

  1. Mental Health day is a Self Love day

This anti-social media day is all about you, no thinking about anyone else, just pay attention to yourself. It’s a freebie day to relax and pamper yourself to heal your body from all negative and stressful toxins mentally and physically. Ways you can love yourself is by doing yoga, meditation (awareness), spa day, chill in the sun, adult colouring book, hobbies (follow step 3), read a book, light up a candle and even talking face to face with a friend or family member. There are many different ways to care for yourself, the list goes on!

 

  1. Be aware of the Scenery

The last thing on the list is awareness of the things around you. Sometimes, when we’re focused on social media, we tend to forget the world around us and become more aware of what other people are doing in their lives instead of ourselves. We forget about the things that aren’t shown on the internet like the plants, the weather or even our pets. How do you be aware? Meditation or self-reflection. You can do this by sitting down in a comfy area (can be anywhere), close your eyes or leave them open (whatever floats your boat) and take a few minutes or longer and use your 5 senses: feel, hear, touch, smell and see. Lastly, take a moment to be aware of where you are today, not yesterday and not tomorrow.

 

Bio: Ellen Tran is a blogger and owner of lifestyle site ZyraKuma. She writes posts about lifestyle, self-care and blogging tips. She is currently a student in Australia who is pursuing a career in Illustration or Graphic Design. She loves to draw, play video games, read and help people. She also has a pet duck.

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