Being connected 24/7 can sometimes cause the opposite emotion – a feeling of disconnect. Ever find yourself checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram round-the-clock? And when you’re done checking in on all your social feeds, you realize how long you just spent doing nothing.
As someone who works in social media, I can relate to how easy it is to get sucked into things and experience information overload. With all the news stories, streaming updates, blog feeds, and Instagram images, it can become a little too much.
Sometimes the right thing to do is just disconnect. Here are five tips for logging off:
Stop checking your phone in the morning
This is definitely a habit a lot of people have. If you feel compelled every morning to check your Twitter or Instagram feed to see what the world is up to, try setting a goal to not check your phone for an hour or two every morning. The content will still be there later in the day – no need to check it first thing! Try focusing on reading or making a healthy breakfast instead. You’ll get more energy and feel more productive with your morning.
Put your phone on airplane mode
A personal favorite of mine. I put my phone in airplane mode every night about 1-2 hours before I go to bed, and I don’t take it off until an hour or so after waking up. There’s likely nothing urgent going on during these hours. Putting your phone in airplane mode will make it so you don’t get any notifications and you can’t access Wi-Fi (so no texts or social media). This will help you be more intentional with your mornings and nights, and keep you present with those you spend your time with.
Pick up a journal
Journaling is a great alternative for sharing your thoughts. The best part, is that it’s private. You can sit with your emotions and thoughts on topics or any issues you may be dealing with instead of over-sharing on social media. After journaling for a while, you may notice a trend in your thoughts and emotions. This can help you improve your emotional intelligence and be more present.
If being on social media is imperative to your work (like blogging), try using a social media scheduling tool. Tools like Hootsuite can help you schedule posts ahead of time so you don’t have to be online constantly sharing news. Use this to your advantage so you can spend your time more productively on what you want to be doing.
It’s important to set boundaries. Media is constantly being updated but it doesn’t mean you need to be online 24/7! Set boundaries with friends and customers alike. Let people know when you will be available, and if you take vacation make sure to set an Out of Office reply on your e-mail so people don’t expect a response until you get back. Don’t feel guilty for setting boundarie, after all, we’re only human!
I hope these tips help you disconnect without feeling guilty, and that you can enjoy the downtime and recharge!
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc.