Every several months I do a 30-day detox on things that consume most of my time and sanity. Usually it is social media. Ever since quarantine started, I find myself dwelling on Instagram for longer hours everyday. Afterall, there are just so many ‘challenges’ to do! But it came to a point where it starts to drain my mental health. What’s worse is most of the time I’m just aimlessly looking through people’s stories, celebrities’ posts, and random comments on memes – so I can kill time.
This is crazy because there are many things I’ve always wanted to do but have no time for. Now that I get more time as I wished, I’m wasting it?
I don’t want to look back at my quarantine and realize all I did were Instagram challenges. (some were fun though I’ll give you that, S/O to whoever came up with the random tomato drawing one) I want to look back and feel proud of how much I’ve accomplished by taking advantage of the time available now.
To add another negative to the mix, Instagram was starting to eat up my confidence (again). Comparing myself with others is a habit I’ve been consciously trying to break, and going into lockdown with my phone doesn’t help.
So I’ve decided…IT IS TIME (dun dun dunnnn), to do a 30-day Instagram detox.
*Detox began back in April*
At the beginning
The first few days were tough. I was so used to checking my phone when I have nothing to do. What am I supposed to do now to fill time?! I find myself fidgeting around aimlessly and browsing Youtube nonstop. Then I realize…wait a min, this defeats the whole point of the detox. If I am going to delete Instagram just so I can spend more time on Youtube, what’s the difference?! Nothing changed. So by day 4, I decided to sit down and write a list of what I’ve always wanted to do. I want to tackle some of these things on the list with this ‘new time’ given back to me.
Man oh man…just like that, this list has turned my detox into some of the most productive weeks I’ve had during quarantine. Whenever I have time to “kill”, I go back to my list and see is there anything my mind feels like doing.
Here are what I’ve ended up accomplishing during the detox:
- Picked up a new skill!
I finally learned how to crochet, and have finished a few projects!
- Improved my existing skills!
I started using Skillshare and took 9 classes! They were mostly illustrator and drawing classes cause I want to get better at that.
- Finished something undone!
I completed my 1000-pc puzzle, finally.
- Organized my trips into photobooks!
My friend inspired me to make a photobook for each of my vacation a while back. I’ve been waiting to do it because it’s easy, fun, and a cute way to document all your travels. So…I ended up making 6 in just a few weeks hahah. They are being shipped right now so I will update this post with a photo later.
- More brain-dump journal pages, more self-reflection!
I do self-reflection mostly through brain-dump journaling. I use question prompts like “what does my dream life look like?” as well as list prompts like “things I want to accomplish in my 20s”. I also do diary pages and write whatever is in my head, to get everything out and in the open.
Coming out of it
I am SO glad I did this 30-day detox, I needed it. I’m now more at ease, and my head feels less heavy if that makes sense. I also feel more productive, which in turn puts me in a better mood throughout the days.
In terms of Instagram itself, I actually don’t crave it anymore. In fact, I forgot my last day of detox has passed and continued with it because I didn’t miss it that much. (I only got more detached as the detox pass though, the first few days I felt like an addict)
I find that social media is like sugar. The more you consume it the more you crave it. But the moment you stop yourself from consuming, you’ll realize you actually don’t need it that much. It might’ve done more bad than good (not always of course). There are benefits to social media for sure such as seeing inspiring and empowering content and easy connections with friends. But I think we have to be cautious of how much time we give it – what is the right amount, and when is it too much for you to handle.
To conclude – I encourage everyone to do a detox once in a while! It doesn’t have to be 30-days, it can be 2 weeks, or even just 3 days.
Please comment below to share your take on social media. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!