Taking regular breaks from Social Media has the ability to significantly reduce anxiety, depression, and sleep problems, according to researchers. Breaks do not have to be all or nothing but can be several days or simply a reduction in frequency per day. Here are a few steps you can try:
- Decide how long you want to take a break from social media.
- Choose when to take a break – whether it be during a family vacation, holiday, during work/school, or simply times of day. There is no right or wrong way to do this!
- Choose the networks you want to take a break from. You can choose if you want to disconnect from all social media or just certain networks. Maybe X (Twitter) has been problematic for your mental health, but you still want to look at family photos on Instagram, that is okay!
- Develop a schedule to gradually cut back on your social media use. If you use social media frequently, taking a break can be an adjustment. Start small and work your way up to longer periods of time if that is your goal.
- Let your friends and family know you’ll be taking a break. During your period of decreasing social media use, you might want to let your friends and social media followers know that you will soon be taking a social media break. This will let people know why you aren’t answering their messages and prevent them from worrying once your social media break begins.
- Remind yourself why you are taking a break. Without a good cause, you may have a hard time maintaining time away from social media. Whether it’s to focus more time on your family/friends or creating better sleep habits, it’s important to keep your motivation at the front of your mind.