Too Many Tabs - A 7 Step Digital Detox
I've created an e-book on the subject of social media overwhelm, overcoming the pull of the online world and having a more mindful, content life online. In order to really explain why I've written a whole book, let's go back in time by a month or so first... I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed. The only way I could describe it was "It's as if too many browser tabs are open in my mind, it's making me feel tense and I can't concentrate at all." Many life attributes have caused this feeling, not just the digital world of course, but the internet is at the very heart of it.
We consume bucket loads of information on a daily basis, some would argue that it's an excessive amount. In our homes there are food labels, family members chatting, pets singing the songs of their people, music playing, the radio is on, the tv is on, labels on candles, labels on soap and washing up liquid. Magazines and papers telling us how we should live our lifes. Outside of our homes there are huge billboards advertising the latest must haves, people selling us their newest product. Shops bursting at the seems with words explaining everything and anything. Bus timetables, train timetables, a new shop popping up here, screens everywhere. And then there is all of that, times a thousand in the palm of our hands.
Smartphones are incredible devices. I adore mine, in fact I'd go as far as to say I am addicted to it.
Definition of Addiction from mentalhelp.net : "Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable."
Can the internet cause substantial harm? Quite frankly, yes. But of course, it all depends on how we use it. Can alcohol cause substantial harm? Yes of course it can, but a glass of vino isn't going to make an addict out of you. It's also rather lovely too... (However I'm still not drinking, which is strange but I'm going with the flow and seeing where it takes me.)
I don't think we realise how attached we are to our phones until we become detached from them. For me, instagram, twitter, facebook, snapchat - it was all becoming too much. There were too many people to interact with, too many insta-stories to watch. It was never ending. As a blogger and someone who is interested in launching new online projects, all I hear is how I must update my social media as often as possible, all to the detriment of my own wellbeing and life.
I found I was constantly comparing myself, my story and my relationships to the images I saw and text I read online. Why have I not had the opportunities they have? Why don't I get as many likes? Why do they get so many comments? Why are they earning so much? Why? Why? Why? It was time for a break, a change, something had to give.
I came up with an action plan. It's a seven step plan which has helped me to:
Evaluate what is important to me online and what I want to see.
Re-connect with those I want to be social with.
After trialing it, I feel calmer. There's more space in my head for the important things in life. I'm more inspired, I have more ideas, my moods are less turbulant and I feel more in control of what I consume content wise online. Yes, even with the algorythms.
If you're looking for a miracle e-book that will transform your online life and social media - this isn't for you. It's for those who feel overwhelmed and like there's just a bit too much for them on their social platforms. It's for people who find themselves reaching for their phones all day long. It's for mindless scrollers and those feeling like they're lacking in real connections.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this subject and what you think of the seven step e-book which you can buy here for £2.99.
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