Experiencing Sensory Overload? Here Are 6 Ways To Detach From Social Media

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Social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have made the world more connected than ever before. While this helps break down the distance and social barriers, many people can get lost in their online lives.

Social media has been linked to anxiety, depression, and loneliness. People can actually become addicted to their social media accounts and feel disconnected from their real friends and family members.

If you need to stop the endless scroll, here are six surefire ways to detach from social media and reconnect with the real world.

1. Turn Off All Push Notifications

Not only does this action save your phone’s battery life, but it also will save you from a ton of distractions. Turn off all of your push notifications for social media apps, email, and chats. If people really need to get a hold of you, they’ll give you a call.

Success is all about momentum. How can you gain it when you’re constantly being distracted by notifications?

2. Keep Your Phone in Another Room (Or in a Drawer) While You’re Working

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Sometimes, merely being able to see your phone is a distraction in and of itself, even after you’ve turned off all of your notifications. Go the extra mile, especially when you’re at work, and leave your phone in another room or tucked away in a drawer.

3. Take a Hike

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One of the best ways to detach from social media and reconnect with the world is to get out into nature. Take a walk in your local park or a brisk jog around the neighborhood and leave your phone at home. You may seem naked at first without your phone, but the more times you immerse yourself in nature without the use of technology, the better you will feel.

4. Allot a Half Hour of Your Day to be on Social Media

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In a hyper-connected world, quitting social media cold turkey is out of the question. Instead, allow yourself only 30 minutes a day to check up on your social media accounts. After that half-hour is up, you can log out of your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

5. Use a Third Party App to Post on Social Platforms

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If you really need to update your social platforms, consider using a third-party application like Buffer or Hootsuite. This way, you can still keep all of your friends and colleagues informed of what’s happening in your world without getting distracted by your notifcations and newsfeed.

6. Live a Real Life You’re Proud Of

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Above everything else, you should be living a real life that you don’t want to be distracted from! Interact with people, do exciting activities, and fill your days with meaning.