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Kung ito ang scenario mo araw araw, oras oras, at minu-minuto; hindi ka ba bothered sa thought na nakalilimutan mo na may buhay ka rin outside social media? Paano mo haharapin ang realidad at mga tunay na nangyayari sa buhay mo?
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Ever since social media was invented, patuloy na tumataas ang users nito. Dagdag pa na mas dumarami rin ang social media platforms. Kung dati hanggang Friendster at Tumblr ka lang, ngayon meron ng Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Kumu, at iba pa. Hindi ka mauubusan!
Alam natin lahat na marami itong advantages– ease of communication, wide array of resources and information to educate yourself, building communities, and advertising noble causes. All of these are good, but on the other hand, excessive use of social media has a lot of disadvantages, too.
Distracted mind. Procrastination. Unfocused. Obsessive comparison. Information overload. Present physically but not mentally. Unhealthy sleep patterns. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Digital addiction.
We know that the examples above sound extreme, but they are true and many people are experiencing them.
“Sa kaka-selpon mo kasi ‘yan,” linyahan ng nanay mo.
Sorry to say this, but she’s somewhat right.
You see, according to statistics, cyberbullying, depression and anxiety, suicide, and social media addiction rates and statistics continue to rise.
In fact, there is a strong link between social media usage and mental health problems.
According to HelpGuide.org, “Spending too much time engaging with social media can actually make you feel more lonely and isolated—and exacerbate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”
Hindi ka namin tinatakot, ah. We’re telling you this para maging aware ka, and at the same time, ma-assess mo ang sarili mo kung kailangan mo na bang mag-social media detox.
Pero ano nga ba ang social media detox?
Declutterthemind.com describes social media detox as, “A conscious elimination of social media use and consumption for a set period of time.”
“Ideally, you’re completely eliminating social media use and consumption. This means deleting and removing all social media apps from your phone, and in some cases where it’s possible, temporarily disabling your social media accounts,” they added.
So, when should you take a social media detox and why?
When: Kung feeling mo hindi ka mabubuhay ng walang social media, at kung napapansin mo na sa social media na nag-re-revolve ang buhay mo. Kung occupied lagi nito ang isip mo, at kung nagiging habit mo na ang paghawak sa phone kada segundo. Ito ang ilan sa mga sign na kailangan mo munang mag-take ng break sa social media world.
Cool off muna kayo, bes.
Why: Maraming benefits ang social media detox. From the word itself “detox,” it’s meant to get rid of the toxins and unhealthy substances in your life. When you stay away from social media for a specific amount of time, you’ll get to build good habits that add to your overall growth and health.
Like having a clear mind, taking control over your impulses, being less anxious, being more grateful, having better sleep and better mornings, living at the moment, being happy and content for your own reality.
Sabi pa nga sa Declutterthemind.com, “Social media is not real life. As much influence, or seeming influence, it has, it’s a curated and selective sample of what’s actually going on in the world.”
We’re not saying that you should quit social media altogether. Baka puwede pang agapan ng social media detox muna, Breaker.
So, are you ready to take the challenge and claim your best life? Here are some social media detox tips that you can use:
Social Media Detox Tip #1: Deactivate your account for 30 days.
Deactivate your account and spend the next 30 days free from any social media activities.
Pero kung masiyadong challenging para sa ‘yo ang 30 days, you can also start small. Spend 2-3 days without it, or a weekend without social media.
Social Media Detox Tip #2: Make a second social media account.
If your job requires you to stay relevant and spend time on social media, create an account just for it. A second account filters everything that passes by on your feed. It is especially helpful if you just need it for school, work, and business use.
Social Media Detox Tip #3: Track your screen time and set limits.
Kung gumagamit ka ng iPhone, may feature na “Screen Time” that allows you to track kung ilang oras kang nagbabad sa isang app or website. But if you’re using an Android phone, you can download apps that will help you be conscious of your screen time, and you can even set limits kung ano’ng oras mo lang gagamitin ito.
Also, another tip, don’t use your phone while it’s still charging. Hintayin mo munang ma-full charge bago mo gamitin ulit. Do not sleep with your phone, too! Kung maari, dapat ‘di abot-kamay galing sa kama mo or where you rest. Ang ginagawa ng iba, iniiwan nila sa CR ang phone kapag matutulog na.
If you need it for alarm, then maybe it’s also time to buy an alarm clock. Remember to not depend too much on your phone. Oki? 😉
Social Media Detox Tip #4: Replace screen time with actual and physical activities.
Maligo ka rin oy. Haha! Lumabas ka, Breaker. Or plan activities na hindi kailangan ang phone mo. Life was so much fun before social media, and it still is! Kailangan mo lang ma-rediscover ang mga bagay na nakapagpapasaya sa ‘yo bago dumating ang social media.
Social Media Detox Tip #5: Uninstall social media apps on your phone.
Sa tip na ‘to, hindi mo kailangang mag-deactivate or delete ng social media accounts. You just need to uninstall it sa phone mo para paggising sa umaga at bago ka matulog sa gabi, hindi ka makakapag-scroll. Pansin mo na kapag nasimulan mo nang mag-scroll, ang hirap nang huminto? But you lessen the temptation by uninstalling it.
Social Media Detox Tip #6: Specify a day for digital detox.
Pick a day in a week to go device free. This is not just for social media, but all devices. Pumili ka ng araw kung saan wala kang hahawakan na cellphone, walang bubuksan na laptop, or walang TV na panonoorin. Isang araw lang!
This will help you be mindful, detach yourself from the world, and reconnect with the things that are happening just around you. Sa panahon ngayon, sobrang attached tayo sa mga nangyayari sa mundo. But how about the things that are happening just around us? Do you still have time to look around and be attentive sa mga ganap ng barangay or lugar niyo?
So, choose a specific day in a week to be mindful of your own life and surroundings, too. Stay woke hindi lang sa matters ng mundo, but also in your own environment.
Social Media Detox Tip #7: Tell a friend.
Lahat ng mahihirap na gawain, laging nangangailangan ng kasama.
Breaker, para maging successful ang social media detox mo, tell a friend about it so you’ll have an accountability partner. Better pa nga kung kayong dalawa ang mag-socmed detox together, eh. Para may kasama ka.
Also, social media is on the rise for a reason. Human beings are social creatures and we need others to survive. Kaya if mag-di-disconnect ka from the social media world, you will need someone you can still socialize with kahit walang social media.
So, call that friend now and take in the challenge! You might not know how big of an impact this will have in your life. 😉
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