4 Steps to Take a Digital Detox Without Losing Friends or Followers

[wp_ad_camp_1] Let’s face it; we live in a digital world. Maybe back in 1985 when Back to the Future was released, we thought the year 2014 would bring flying cars and hover boards, little did we know that instead we would be living in a BEYOND digital world. There’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram just for starters. We follow, tweet, like, social share, selfie, snap chat, post on walls, tag and share our locations with our friends and strangers.

When you walk down the street, you so frequently see people either talking on their phones or walking while texting, that seeing people phone-free can be almost shocking. We are very connected. Sometimes, being so caught up in the digital world and other people’s lives can become toxic. Seeing every single amazing moment of your friends lives and judging yourself is a real problem.  What do you do when all of this constant bragging seems too much to bear? We need a digital detox!

 

So what is a digital detox?

Long story short, it's taking a time out from all things, or specific things, technological. Taking time off from technology can be a very freeing experience. You can re-learn how to appreciate the small things in life, or reorient yourself around the things that really matter, like three-dimensional friends and family, pets, books made of paper, fitness and most importantly, yourself.

If you think a digital detox might be right up your alley, you might be wondering “How do I digital detox without losing my friends or followers?” Luckily, the answer is more simple than you think: create a plan of action, explain, unplug and experience.

 

How to Take a Digital Detox - Yoga Travel Tree

Plan of Action

You need to have a plan in place before you decide to take a digital detox. Decide exactly which digital things you’re going to give up, and how long you’re going detox for. Think about the social media platforms that cause you the most stress. Can't stand another photo of food porn on Instagram? Sick of hearing about your friend's honeymoons on Facebook? Maybe these are a good place to start.

Explain

Explain to your friends and followers that you’ve decided to take a digital detox. When you let them what you’re doing and don’t just disappear off the face of the digital world, the likelihood you won’t lose any friends or followers is great. Believe me, they will know and understand where you’re coming from and even support your efforts!

If you want to be super sneaky about taking time off, there are great websites that allow you to schedule posts ahead of time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out Hootsuite if this sounds like the best option for you.

Unplug

Disconnect yourself physically and emotionally from everything digital. Take a break! Relax! Totally addicted? Have a trusted friend or family member change your passwords. Try using your phone as just a phone. If you want to go one step further, ask around for an old cell phone that doesn't have internet options. Reactivate it, and deactivate your smartphone. Once your week, month, or even year of tech-free is up, just reactivate it! Until then, keep the internet where it belongs: on your computer.

Experience

 Depending on how hooked you are to your cell phone and social media, this may be a very difficult challenge! Take this time away from your digital world to explore and try new things. Spend time outdoors, take a yoga class, learn new healthy recipes, read a book…do something new and exciting! You might find that being disconnected is harder than you think, which is why it's probably a really good idea to stick with your detox! Enlist a friend as a help-tool in case you need to talk about what you're going through, or even better, enlist a friend who's just as hooked as you are and get each other over the hump!

Technology today is truly amazing and it benefits us in numerous ways, but you also miss beautiful things when your life revolves around your cell phone, websites and social media. Instead of reading about it and seeing what your friends are doing, you should be out creating your own life of adventure!

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Kelly Diane is an Intuitive Soul Coach and owner of soulsermon.com. Kelly's mission is to navigate women back to their souls...where the magic happens! Through years of internal struggles with false belief systems and anxiety, she has discovered many methods to re-wire negative thought patterns, find forgiveness and learn many valuable lessons to connect to the soul.

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