Lindsey Simcik reflects on her monthlong hiatus from Instagram and shares lessons, tips, and questions to ask yourself if you want to try your own social media detox.
In this post you’ll learn:
- Why I decided to take a month off Instagram
- My experience with a digital detox
- Tips for you to try your own digital detox
- Questions to ask yourself to prepare for the experience
Linds here! I’m looking back on it fondly and already planning for the next one…ASAP.
My IG hiatus, it was THAT powerful.
In my latest solo episode, I’m sharing a deep dive into my December off of Instagram.
Listen to the full episode here:
For those messaging me saying you would LOVE to do this but don’t know how to make it work for you, I have some tips + questions to ask yourself as you design this time offline. My hope is not that you take 30 days off IG. If you do, great!
But how can we create the void, this time away, more consistently for shorter periods of time?
This way, we can meet ourselves more often so that when we are in the world and stimulated and our attention is up for grabs, we can be more in our bodies, discerning, and trusting of ourselves.
My tips to do your own digital detox:
Create the vision
Allow yourself space to envision this, allow your body to feel into this possibility. What does it look like, feel like, what is the cadence? Journal this out, babe!
Choose your timeline
What is doable? Be real with yourself. Don’t go big and set yourself up for disappointment. Write down the length of time you can take off of social media. This length should make you feel slightly uncomfortable but not so much that you never do it.
Know your pattern with distractions
What do you do to distract yourself throughout the day? Scramble up your day so that you don’t go into autopilot. Get creative! No rules!
Mark your calendar
Put the social media break in your schedule. Literally in your calendar!
Prepare for resistance
Expect a bit of resistance, restlessness. Expect things to come up, emotionally especially. Have a journal ready to catch these thoughts and emotions. And of course, don’t be afraid to talk it out, express creatively, move your body, and get out in nature.
Observe and listen
What comes up is helping you know YOU. It might also be helping you take the next right action. Listen. Can you find neutrality, non judgement? Be the observer.
Call yourself back
This time away will be the perfect time to call yourself back from all digital realms. Yes, speak this out loud! “I call myself back clean and clear from all time and space, especially digital realms.”
Give yourself permission to rest
What does rest look like? Let’s get dreamy and specific. Write this down and keep it somewhere you will see every day. Prioritize rest.