Is it Time for a Digital Detox?

Birgit Bauer
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Birgit Bauer

I honestly love social media. And people who know me are probably not surprised by that.

I am a social media Professional, and by that I mean I spend much of my day surfing the Internet. Twitter is my news channel, Facebook is my living room, and LinkedIn is my professional business network and office. I also love DIY projects and frequently find myself cooking recipes from Pinterest, looking for fashion on Instagram, writing stories on my blog, and finding inspiration from other blogs across the world.

What I’m trying to say is - I am really into social media. It is a perfect tool for learning new things, doing research, or looking for a little bit of sunshine on a cloudy day. I like that with the Internet, no matter what you’re searching for, somebody is always there. With that being said, there are some moments where social media becomes very overwhelming for me. I start to fall into a dark place where I write negative comments, and start to feel poorly about myself. When that happens, I know that it’s time for a self-imposed digital detox. What’s a digital detox, you ask? Let me explain.

For me, a digital detox starts with reducing my online time to only what is necessary. Because I need to be online to do my job, I obviously can’t avoid it completely, but I do avoid Twitter, Pinterest, and all other social media platforms. Along with that, I also try to avoid online news. The time spent with my face not in the computer screen allows me to do other things like travel, enjoy my holidays, or even just sit around on a weekend off. I’ve found that taking this time for myself really helps me sort out everything in my head while also leaving space for new impressions and ideas.

Taking some time away from my phone and computer allows me time to relax, and even time to recover. I’ve found that it’s valuable for my body, mind, and soul, and helps improve my overall quality of life with MS. Have you ever tried a digital detox? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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