In my stories a few weeks ago, I had a big ‘ole ramble about social media and screen time and what I do to minimise any negative impacts it might have on my health or time spent with my family.
Well I’ve never received such an outpouring before in my personal messages! So many of you desperately want to curb your tech use but you’re not sure where to start.
I decided long ago that I wanted to be present with my son as much as possible during the day, and that meant not hanging on my phone waiting for notifications to come through or mindlessly scrolling through my feed whilst I missed the tiny ant he was trying to show me on his finger.
Here are a few of my top tips for gaining back some control over your social media use in time for the Christmas season, delivered to you via social media...ironic I know 🤦🏽♀️
🌼 Set yourself a social media time limit. There are lots of apps that can help you with this and if you have an iPhone, it’s now built in under settings - screen time. Once you’ve used up your allocated time, it will lock you out of the app.
🌼 Set yourself screen-free time. I aim to avoid my phone before I’ve had breakfast and after 8pm at night (although that depends when I get a certain baby to bed!)
🌼 Try a screen free day once a week, I like to stay off my phone on the weekend as much as possible. You could try Saturday 12pm to Sunday 12pm for example.
🌼 Aim for screen free meals so you can wholeheartedly engage with your family or friends over a meal.
🌼 Try screen free bedrooms or at least restrict your use and turn on ‘do not disturb’ mode so you can get uninterrupted sleep. I have my close friends and family numbers saved in favourites and allow those calls to still get through, just incase a sister is ever in distress and needs us for example.
🌼 Curate your account so that you only follow accounts that build you up and inspire you. Accounts that make you feel like you’re not good enough or need more things, are not helpful.
I hope this helps! What do you do to set boundaries around your social media use?