Somehow we have found ourselves in the middle of 2020, as half of the year has already come and gone. During these times of everyone questioning everything, it can become extremely overwhelming and draining for both your creativivity and daily life.
“Problematic social media use, also known as social media addiction or social media overuse, is a proposed form of psychological or behavioral dependence on social media platforms, also known as Internet addiction disorder, and other forms of digital media overuse.”
If you’re scrolling 24 hours a day, which if we’re being honest, many of us are, this can for sure impact you. Since COVID-19 flooded all of our nations, you’ve almost certainly witnessed all your friends, families and even celebrities whom you look up to converse about the uncertainty of the unknown.
To keep your creativty alive and your over all well-being, rest and relaxation is so important. Taking a break from social media is important. We aren’t built to be resilient machines. It’s okay to waste an entire day laying around, procrastinating and simply spending time thinking and digesting everything currently around us.
At some point, it’s crucial to attempt to transfer that unused outrage and energy into something beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to have been graced with an outlet, be it an instrument or any other hobby, then you have the ability to become your very own alchemist. “The main goals of the alchemists were the transmutation of base metals into gold and the attainment of the "Philosopher's Stone," a substance that would bring perfection to life.”
How do we bring this into real-time existence? It may be a wonderfully helpful idea for you to include a few different things into your lifestyle, as things are changing for us and we must adapt to them and remain flexible. Have you considered turning off your notifications to certain apps? This may help tame the overuse of social media. If you’d like to take it further, consider keeping your phone on silent for a few hours during the day, when you expect that others won’t need to reach you for something necessary. You can also give yourself a few hours or day break from social media, do what feels comfortable to you. Recognize that addiction occurs quickly and you may be surprised how many times a day you truly are signing in and giving all of your energy and focus to social apps.
Here are 7 reasons via Elite Daily on why you need to take a break from social media:
1. You might end up focusing on others more than yourself.
2. It presents us with a distorted version of reality
3. Sometimes it causes your happiness to be too dependent on others
4. Interacting with friends in a substantial way can't happen the same
5. It can distact you from being in the momemt
6. Your life might feel like it's too public
7. Social media can make it harder to move forward with your life
Once you’ve set some boundaries, you’ll have now created the space to focus when you need to. You’ll be happier when you’ve finished practicing or you’ve worked on a new verse to your latest future hit song. You’ll feel accomplished and it will provide some structure and discipline to our current situations, mostly all still working from home. Carve out a time where you’ll promise to gift yourself some focus.
Try using baby steps to reformat your conditioning. It’s important to be open and honest with yourself so that you continue to be conscious of the effects your environment has on you. It’s important to not be too harsh on yourself. Nobody is perfect. If you try to go cold turkey off of social media and end up checking it 10 times that day.