How to Implement a Long-Term Social Media Diet


So you’ve completed a successful social media detox – you felt inspired, motivated and incredibly productive! But… now what?

Implementing healthier, more inspiring routines around social media for the long-term is just as important as allowing ourselves to take that much needed break from it altogether every once in a while. But it can be difficult to figure out where to even begin, especially since we’ve probably spent years developing some not-so-great habits around our phones and social media.

If you’re hoping to make some positive lasting changes when it comes to your relationship with social media, then keep on reading to find four steps to implement what I call a social media ‘diet’ – a long-term set of GREAT habits around social media to replace our bad ones. And it’s easier than you might think!


How to Implement a Long-Term Social Media Diet

1. Keep your phone out of sight

During working hours, just keep your phone tucked away. You’ll feel SO much more productive and focused when your phone is out of sight and you are guaranteed to get a lot more done if you’re not getting distracted by notifications.

Outside of work, just try to make a conscious effort to avoid having your phone glued to your hand at all times – which is something we usually don’t even think about! Once you actually take note of how often your phone is in your hands, you’ll be more likely to just put it down and keep it out of sight while focusing on other tasks.

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2. Stay tuned in

While logged on to social media, be sure to stay tuned in with how you feel. It’s too easy to get lost in social media and waste hours upon hours scrolling through feeds, stories, profiles, photos – there’s an endless stream of other people’s lives to look at! Because of that, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions while logged in:

  • Am I feeling inspired and happy or unproductive and down on myself?

  • Am I comparing myself and my life to someone else’s?

  • Is there something more productive I should/could be doing right now?

Allow yourself to answer these questions honestly and if you feel anything negative, refocus your attention to a more motivating and productive task!

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3. Use it for inspiration

That’s what these apps were made for, after all! Leave kind comments to your friends, post encouraging messages and look for motivating accounts to follow. Doing so will make your social media experience much more enjoyable!

One of my favorite secrets to a social media detox is to unfollow the accounts that don’t inspire you – but it’s just as important to seek out the ones that do. These accounts are the ones that will help us better ourselves, motivate us to improve our daily lives and just overall help bring us joy. And THAT is what social media is all about!


4. Follow the one-hour rule

Avoid checking your phone for one hour before going to bed and for one hour after waking up. Having these two hours each day all to yourself without worrying about what the rest of the world is doing will help you start and end your day with a clear and inspired mind.

Whether you’re a morning person or a night person, try to utilize this time to your advantage – do something creative, productive or inspiring. Whether it’s creating a piece of art, reading a book, working on a side hustle or anything else doesn’t matter – just do something to start and end your day on a positive note without checking in on your phone.

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