It’s important for people to talk and get beyond the wall of Facebook and social media. -Billy Corgan
Admit it. You’re a social media junkie.
Instead of having a bottle of whisky or bag of chocolate chip cookies in your hands, yours are glued to your mouse and keyboard.
You have to be tuned in and tapped into Facebook or you may go mad. You refresh your page every five seconds because you’re afraid that you’ll miss the latest update from friends and family. Oh the horror!
You freaked out because you heard rumors of Twitter’s demise and can’t keep saying, “Oh the humanity. What will I do without Twitter?”
You can go days without coming up from air because you have your finger on the pulse of YouTube watching the videos from PewDiePie several times just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
If this sounds like you (I freaked out when I heard Twitter may shut down.), it’s time to learn how to survive without social media, at least over the weekend. Keep in mind that sitting all day long in the same spot is not good for your health. Get up and walk away from social media for the weekend. You can do it. Here’s how.
Steps to Take to Survive without Social Media over the Weekend
Turn Off Your Phone
I’m a Facebook Administrator and this one is hard for me to do. But sometimes I’ll wait until the late afternoon to turn on my phone. Luckily, I’m not the only page manager on a particular Facebook page. If anything major happened, the crisis would be handled immediately. However, I do my best to ignore my ‘personal’ social media networks. I can survive without social media — the drama rama can wait for Monday!
Do Not Turn on Your Computer
Again, I admit that this one is difficult but sometimes I will not turn on my laptop. I need and deserve a break too! Being hooked up 24/7 to social media isn’t a good thing. Why? Because it can suck the life out of you, especially if your self-confidence and self-esteem is low. Many people compare themselves to others. This is not a good to do. Why? Because you don’t know if what people are posting is real or if they’re stretching the truth. To survive without social media over the weekend means you can improve your self-awareness. How? By not paying attention to what others post about themselves. Remember, all that glitters may not be gold.
Update Your Status to “Gone for the Weekend”
The easiest way to survive social media over the weekend is to update all of your statuses to “Gone for the Weekend!” Your family, friends, colleagues, etc. will know that you will not be online. You can confidently do what you want to do on Saturday and Sunday. You get to control how you spend your weekend vs. allowing social networks to dictate what you do. Having the freedom to choose is a great concept. Isn’t it?
Survive without Social Media – The Alternatives
Read a Book
If you think you won’t be able to survive without social media over a weekend, consider that it gives you the opportunity to catch up on your reading. Go to your nearest bookstore (they still exist) and check out the latest thriller or mystery novel. Hang out at the library and see what’s happening. Grab a book, sit down, and read. It will do your mind, body, and soul good.
See a Movie
When’s the last time you went to the movies? If it was to see the latest Harry Potter flick, then you need get out of your home! Checkout what’s playing at your local movie theater. Maybe you’d like to see the latest Tom Cruise Mission Impossible flick. Or how about a comedy. Maybe you’re a fan of chick flicks. Whatever the case may be, see a movie. It’s good to get out from behind the Mac or laptop and watch a movie on the ‘silver’ screen.
If you can’t remember the last time you went for a walk or run or simply hung out in nature, you’re in dire need of a reality check. The world is a beautiful place and you’re missing out on many wonderful moments. Go for a hike or bike ride. Drive out to the country and look at the many different species of trees. Pack a picnic lunch and chill out by a lake. Take your shoes and socks off and walk on the grass. Why? Because nature grounds and connects you to the earth. Facebook can’t do that.
Shut Off Social Media on the Weekend
Imagine spending time with your family and friends over the weekend. Perhaps you go to a sporting event or out to dinner at the latest restaurant in town.
When you step outside, you may find that the sun blinds you. But your eyes slowly adjust to the rays of light pouring over you and it feels good. You feel lighter and have a spring in your step.
All because you gave up social media for the weekend. You’ve realized that it has controlled your life for far too long.
Not only are you able to have real conversations with people but you’ve finally started a new hobby and have met some cool people including that guy or girl you may have been waiting to meet.
Seem impossible. It’s not.
You now know how to give survive without social media for the weekend.
All you need to do is to turn off Facebook, Twitter, etc. for two days. Go ahead. Try it this weekend. You will survive.Get News & Updates from Amandah Blackwell, Savvy-Writer