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Defeating Social Media Addiction

What is the last and first thing that you do before you go to sleep and wake up in the morning?

You look at your phone and scroll your social media news feed instead of washing your face or even brushing your teeth.

Although this may appear to be harmless if you continue to do it to the point where you think your day would be incomplete if you did not, you may be addicted to social media. For your information, social media addiction is a behavioural obsession in which you use social media excessively to the point where it interferes with your connections with others and your daily life.

This may happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common include overuse of social media, FOMO on new trends, and experiencing dopamine highs from getting a lot of likes on your postings. The most noticeable result of this is that you will develop poor self-esteem. Also, you may be isolating yourself more frequently than going out with your pals since you are worried that you'll miss out on everything if you remain offline for a day.

Fortunately for you, here are some of the ways you can do to overcome your social media addiction.

💡 Going on a social media cleanse

You may start by doing a digital detox. Put your phone down and take a step away from it at night and in the morning. This may be done weekly or daily, and you can track how much time you spend on your smartphone and social media. One of the most effective things you can do is to avoid using your phone in social situations. Using your smartphones as a coping method when you are anxious may worsen the situation.

💡 Set limits

Another thing you may do is set time limits when you use your phone for no reason. Some smartphones already include an option that allows you to create and activate a timer that limits your screen time to see certain apps or use the phone itself. This method is particularly good for individuals who work in front of computers and other electronic devices and want to unwind at the end of the day.

💡 Get busy

You may have heard of this tactic before, but nothing can help you forget about the world faster than being busy. Look for new hobbies or activities that you've been wanting to explore but haven't had the opportunity to do so. Spend as much time as you can with your family and friends making memories. You'd be shocked at how many tasks you could have completed when you put your phone away.

💡 Device off

Finally, before going to bed, turn off your phone or other electronic devices. If you have trouble sleeping and always turn to using your phone to put you to sleep, it is time to quit. Before going to bed, try a simple breathing exercise. It is really effective in assisting you to relax and unwind after a long day at work or school.

In general, social media is not harmful but as an active user, you must, nevertheless, take frequent breaks from technology. Instead of focusing on trendy influencers on the internet, be present and appreciate your life. Keeping in touch with others around you might help take your focus off social media too.

🎇 Live in the moment, not in the cloud. 🎇


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