I did a 3 day social media detox

Happy Monday Loves ♥︎

Opening this blank page I started laughing – because I felt like I had kept a secret from someone really important, and wanted to excuse myself for that. Holy smokes, I clearly have a much deeper relationship with you guys than anyone would understand.

Anyways – what I wanted to tell you is that I broke my 3 day long social media detox this morning. (Or that I did a social media detox this weekend at all)

Thursday night I deleted Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat from my phone – and made a promise only to check my work email and Facebook-chat once in the morning and once at night. And my oh my has it been an experience.

First of all – you know you’re addicted when you get withdrawals, right? I did. I had a few moments where I actually had social media withdrawal. That’s kind of crazy to say out loud. Every morning I would feel it, and every night as well. And then I noticed myself doing things like being about to check my mail while I was busy reading a good book. Like, it was done on autopilot. I had to really catch myself doing it. And when I stopped myself from reaching for any of the socials I got this feeling of fear. Like I needed my fix – cause what would happen if I didn’t?

What happened when I didn’t get my fix, though, was nothing to be afraid of. It was simply happiness.

This weekend I’ve felt a feeling of happiness that aren’t a reaction to something specific. It’s not a feeling of happiness that comes from hearing a cool story, or because I saw something fun or did something exciting. It was a feeling of happiness that came from within. It came from being in the now. Just 100% present with people. Present with nature. Present with the juice I was drinking. Present with my dog. I realised how much I miss spending time with people and my family – like really spending time with them. Without any distractions.

And besides allowing me to feel this deep sense of happiness – not being on my phone made time for so much fun!

Me and my mom were sitting in the living room last night – and as the universe wanted me to really understand this weekends lesson – the wifi and tv signals were down. We lit candles, had a juice each and just sat there. That’s one of the times I felt this intense sensation of happiness. We had no choice – both of us had to be there, in the now, with each other. She started talking about all the things she used to do with her friends and family when she was a kid, before they got their first tv. We also started talking about all the things we would do together if it wasn’t for the television that’s so easy to turn to, or Netflix – or even browsing the net on separate smartphones as we so often do these days.

We both agreed that we would probably play some kind of game together, cook a meal that acquired a good amount of time in the kitchen, maybe go for a long walk, bake some treats, even sing or tell stories and get to know each other even better.

I really recommend this kind of detox to everyone. This morning I feel calmer, more centred, more creative and happier than I’ve done in a long time. 3 days aren’t a lot, but it was enough for me learn some really valuable lessons.

Although social media has literally saved my life, and made it possible for me to meet several of the best friends I have right now – if not used with caution I believe we’re missing out on life. I’m so grateful that I got to experience this, and will absolutely make sure to live my life more in this physical world from now on.

If any of you have done the same, please let me know what your experience was like! ♥︎ Btw, I also did a juice cleanse this weekend – and I’ll tell you all about that in a few days!

Anne-Line Erlandsen

Anne-Line Erlandsen 24 y/o. Holistic health coach currently based in Norway.

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    Cookie

    11/12/2017

    Thanks for sharing your experience. What a good idea especially during this cosy season! Keep up your good work, I enjoy following along. xo!

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      Anne-Line Erlandsen

      11/12/2017

      Aw thank you, Alexandra! <3 I'm so glad you found it entertaining - and please go for it! It's the most rewarding thing I've done in a while! Sending love, xx

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