Like many, I am extremely guilty of FOMO, a.k.a the “fear of missing out.” And recently, I’ve realized that the biggest culprit is social media.
A few months ago, I woke up one morning and just hit my limit. I saw some photos from a party that many of my friends were at (my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail!) and I was sick of feeling left out. So, I decided to take a break. A 21 day social media cleanse, in fact.
As someone who was clearly addicted to being connected on social media, I knew it would be an adjustment. I mean, checking my instagram multiple times an hour was the norm for me. But I went ahead and stuck with the cleanse.
At first, just getting out of the habit of checking social media was strange, because I did it so often on a daily basis. But, I stayed strong and pretty soon, I started feeling something I did not expect: relief.
As the days passed, I cared less and less about checking instagram and facebook. I had no idea what I was “missing out” on. My anxiety levels decreased and the FOMO eventually went way. Needless to say, I felt great.
Today, I am back on social media, but my experience changed how and when I use it. I find myself on it way less than before and just not caring as much.
In this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible not to be on social media in some capacity. But, it’s important to be aware of how and why we use it. I highly recommend trying a social media detox for yourself. Even if you can’t commit to 21 days, try it for a week or even just one day and take note of how you feel. You’re bound to learn something.
food for thought,