Updated: May 12, 2020
As many of you know, I called myself taking a social media detox for the entire month of April. At the start of the month, I had clearly, defined rules put in place. As the month progressed, I learned so much more than I had anticipated.
1. It's not about how often you use social media but more about what you're using it for.
My original plan was to not look at social media for the entire 30 days. The first week I deleted every app and turned off all notifications. Sis, I literally thought I was dying of boredom. I felt like I was missing out on something every single day. I started to make excuses to log on and check my messages. The first time I signed in, I had at least 7 messages and all were business-related besides one. I went crazy, I started regretting the whole detox. I responded to the messages and found myself checking my notifications at least once a day. I felt like I basically failed.
But then I read this quote that said:
"Don't use social media less. Use it more intentionally. Follow people who inspire and motivate you. Engage with experts you can learn from. Create genuine, positive friendships. Just stop mindlessly scrolling, complaining, hating, and engaging in negativity and bitterness."
My inspiration behind the detox was the amount of negativity on my timeline. It was just so draining. It dawned on me that I shouldn't feel bad for using social media for business but I should work on the amount of time I spend scrolling and taking in the negativity.
So anyway, once I had my "ah ha" moment, I changed up the rules. I decided I would still cut down my social use but in a way that would add to my well-being. I no longer checked my phone first thing in the morning or laid in bed at night scrolling until I fell asleep. Although I was bored at work, I occupied my time differently instead of tweeting, snapping, posting, etc.
Sis, when I got the notification that my screen time had went down by 5 hours per day, I lost it!
2. Podcasts are everything.
So because I was so bored with not having any entertainment, I focused my attention on more productive things. I downloaded several random millennial podcast that I knew would feed my soul. Below are my favorites:
Once I realized how nourishing podcasts were, I couldn't take my headphones out. After only a few days of listening, I forgot all about checking my notifications. In the car, instead of turning on music, I turned on a podcast. Before bed, instead of scrolling like I normally would've, I listened to podcasts or listened to a book.
Earlier this year I shared a list of books that I was in the process of reading. Well my original goal was one book a month. But because of my 30 day detox I was able to read two books in the month of April. I felt so accomplished and productive and my soul was a lot happier.
Sis, always celebrate all wins...the big and the small.
3. Organic. Vegan. Natural. YASSS!
I love all things organic, vegan, natural, and in its original form. I try to eat as clean as I can but with my 30-day detox, I was able to experiment with new feminine products. Along with dedicating my free time to yoga and meditating, I made a few healthier life choices.
Another fun fact about me, I love tea and I don't mean gossip. I can't have caffeine because it triggers my chronic migraines but I love brewing fresh, natural teas. This month during my health kick, I discovered a brand called or your body, better for the environment, better for wildlife, better for cotton farmers, are free from polluting plastic, and come at no greater cost.
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Natural deodorants have an endless number of benefits. They don't contain harsh chemicals that cause diseases or irritate the skin. Here's a really informative blog post I found that talks about the benefits of switching to natural deodorant.
Click here to read it.
So here's the challenge...do your own form of a 30-day detox. Whether it be about you physically, mentally, or spiritually, take a stab at making yourself better and stronger. You can't poor into others if you're pouring from an empty de this month, put me in a better position for the rest of my life. I always preach about self-care and this month I
Along with my organic pads and health teas, I discovered a new skin care routine that has worked wonders for me! But that conversation will be saved for another blog post, coming soon.
So here's the challenge...do your own form of a 30-day detox.
As you can see, my 30 day detox was a process. No I didn't do what I originally intended to do but I still gained so much and have learned a lot about myself. I live a little more healthier and smile a little more too. The few changes I made this month, put me in a better position for the rest of my life. I always preach about self-care and this month I overloaded. The results are so rewarding.
So here's the challenge...do your own form of a 30 day detox.
Whether it be about you physically, mentally, or spiritually, take a stab at making yourself better and stronger. You can't pour into others if you're pouring from an empty