Chelsea Crockett

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One Week Media Detox

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting…

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting apps that tend to suck up my time, and then re-downloading them at the end of the day. It forces me to be more present and stay on task. Media detoxing looks different for everyone and comes in all shapes and sizes whether it is all media like TV and the internet or select media like social media. Here is an easy 7-day plan to follow if you want to try a media detox for yourself.

  1. Unsubscribe and unfollow. Give your social media a good purge. At the beginning of the year, I like to do a scroll through my list of accounts that I follow and unfollow people or accounts that bring me down or take me to an unhealthy place, unsubscribe from channels that I’m no longer interested in, and give myself a clean and healthy slate for the year. It is amazing how much our mental state and emotions are affected by the people we follow.
  2. Stay media-free until 10 AM. Like I said earlier, your definition of media may include TV and the internet and social media, or it may mean a combination of them. How many of us wake up and go directly to our phones to check social media? Instead of reaching for your phone, grab a book and do a morning devotional.
  3. Stay off media until 4 pm. This is going to be much harder than staying off until 10 AM. But, you can do it!
  4. Stay media-free until bed time. You may start feeling something like withdrawals during your media-free day. You will most likely find yourself reaching for your phone to scroll through Instagram every so often, but use that time you would normally browse to do something that is more fulfilling.
  5. Read or watch only three things. Whether it be one show on Netflix and opening your Facebook and Instagram apps once, the choice is yours.
  6. Only open one app all day. Choose wisely!
  7. Go media-free for 24 hours. After the week of cutting back you’ve had, this will feel like a breeze!

Starting your year with a refreshed mind and spirit is a very good way to start.

Chels

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How to Be Smart With Your Social Media Use

How many of you would say your social media use is at a healthy level? When I say healthy I mean that it doesn’t run your life. You don’t stop…

How many of you would say your social media use is at a healthy level? When I say healthy I mean that it doesn’t run your life. You don’t stop everything in the middle of the day just to check all of your accounts, it doesn’t affect your job or school productivity, you don’t stay up late scrolling and scrolling, and it doesn’t affect your self-esteem or make you jealous. Odds are, we all have a semi-unhealthy relationship with social media. Yes, social media is a great way to connect with people and is a fun distraction from life, but it can become almost an addiction if you aren’t careful. Here are a few ways to make sure your relationship with social media is a healthy one.

  1. Schedule time for social media: If you are like me, you end up scrolling your social media pages multiple times a day. I don’t even want to know how much time a day I waste doing that. To keep yourself more productive, designate a certain time of day to check your accounts and stick to it. Maybe it is checking it once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.download
  2. Delete the apps: If you have a tough time staying away from social media during the day, then delete the apps off of your phone. This doesn’t delete your accounts, it just deletes the easy access to them. It forces you to log on to the accounts on your computer instead of your phone so access to the sites isn’t as easy or instant.
  3. Be smart about who you follow: I know there are some people I follow on Instagram that I tend to get really jealous of. I get envious of their hair, their clear skin, even the places they travel! If you are following people that make you feel bad about yourself or make you feel left out, it is time to stop following them. The more time you spend comparing yourself with other people on social media the more depressed you get. Studies prove it! Just remind yourself that these are just posts, and their life isn’t as good as they make it look. A picture doesn’t tell their whole story.

Healthy social media use means that it doesn’t interfere with your happiness or self-esteem, and it doesn’t take up large amounts of your time. Social media is a great outlet when you’re smart with the way you use it!

XOXO, Chels

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