Life Balance: 3 Benefits of Doing a Social Media and TV Cleanse
Taking Time to Rejuvenate Your Soul and Refocus Your Mindset
by J.M. Troppello
Social media and TV can become huge wastes of time in your life each day.
According to Statista.com, “The average daily social media usage of internet users worldwide amounted to 145 minutes per day.” Berkely.edu reports that “Americans spent approximately 170 minutes a day watching TV and movies, or nine times the number of minutes spent on all leisure-time physical activities combined.”
“Everyone is comparing lives on social media and wants the perfect body, perfect image, perfect outfit, perfect life – we’re striving for this perfection, and it’s so unhealthy because there’s no such thing as perfection.” – Emily Atack
Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report has made a habit of rejuvenating with a social media cleanse as he’s gone off the grid for 30 days annually. He stays off his phone, off the internet, avoids the news, and doesn’t go on social media for an entire month.
Now, I don’t know if I could do that. However, I try to stay off social media on the weekends as much as possible. That helps me to rejuvenate and refocus my mindset. I used to be seriously addicted to Twitter. I would aimlessly scroll through my newsfeed.
I had to make a concerted effort to limit my time there during the week.
Now, I promote my daily article on social media each day. I limit my time on those platforms to 5-10 minutes about 4 times a day or less. I’ve actually been able to catch myself if I’ve gone on scrolling on Twitter or Instagram for too long. It registers in my brain now that I wasted time.
Doing a social media cleanse can be beneficial to rejuvenate your soul and refocus your mindset. Consider the following 3 benefits of doing a social media and TV cleanse.
1. No Pressure to Be Perfect
Maybe you are not affected by the pressure to be perfect online—and how ‘perfect everyone else’s life is—but it used to affect me in a negative way. That was the catalyst for why I decided to limit my time on these platforms and reevaluate the TV programs I was watching.
I had started to get depressed from all the ‘perfect’ posts on Facebook. My life wasn’t so perfect. Then I needed to realize that people only post the good stuff most of the time. They don’t post all the bad parts of their life.
I needed to understand that I simply had to be me, and I was good enough. By spending more time off social media, I was able to focus on being thankful for all the good people and things I had in my life. Even though I don’t have everything I want, I have everything I need.
2. Renewed Mindset
Spending too much time on Twitter negatively impacted my mindset. I got depressed by all the bad things going on in the world. I started getting bogged down by people interacting negatively online.
I needed to take a step back and evaluate what type of content I wanted to consume daily. If I consumed negativity all day long, that would affect how I reacted. I had been watching too much news as well. Yes, it’s good to stay informed. However, it’s also important to find that balance in life between consuming the positive and deflecting the negative realities of life.
3. Focus on What Truly Matters
I love how when I stay off social media on the weekends and spend more time with family and friends how freeing that can be. Sometimes at the end of the day, I realize that I didn’t go on the platforms at all, and I actually survived—and thrived—during the day.
I think boredom has made me turn to scroll through the social media newsfeeds. When I’m busy on the weekends and enjoying time with people in person, I rarely feel the need to go online.
Of course, that was not always the case. Many times, in the past, I would be with other people and kept wanting to check my phone. It definitely took discipline and time to change that negative and unproductive habit.
Consider Doing Your Own Social Media and TV Cleanse
“It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.” – Alexis Ohanian
Remember the following three benefits of taking a social media and TV cleanse.
No Pressure to Be Perfect
Focus on What Truly Matters
Even if you don’t give up social media and TV completely for 30 days or even for 1 day a week, consider trying to limit your time on these platforms and decrease the amount of time watching TV. Doing these types of full or partial cleanses can truly impact your life in a positive and productive way.
Article syndicated by Inspiration Realm on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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