How to detox from social media: Journal Prompts

Happy Mindful Monday; this week’s journal prompts for mental health focus on how to detox from social media.

Even busy bees, stop and smell the flowers 🐝☯️🌼

Associating a goal with this desire for a digital detox allows you to begin taking small steps and adjusting the habits that are making it difficult to achieve this digital detox goal. You can learn more about goal setting here.

Journal Prompt Questions for Mental Health and the Impact of Social Media

  1. Do you feel the need to check your phone as soon as you wake up?
  2. Do you use social media to work or to procrastinate?
  3. Will limiting your time on social media increase or decrease your productivity? 
  4. Do you struggle between enjoying and documenting the moment?
  5. Do you get anxious when you post a photo? 
  6. Does the way you use media affect your mental health? 

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, it may be time for a social media detox!

How to Detox from Social Media

  1. Set a goal
  2. Look at your screen time and determine which apps are consuming most of your time
  3. Create time limits on your phone. This can be a downtime away from your phone entirely or choosing to limit the time on specific apps.
    • You can learn how to do this here.
  4. Set reminders for certain app
  5. Delete certain apps that consume your time
  6. Once you begin to limit your time: pay attention to what triggers you to check your phone
  7. Make a list of other activities that you can engage in when you are pressured to check your phone

Let me know your thoughts!

I believe social media can be an amazing tool to connect with others and obtain knowledge. Spending time away from social media always helps clear my mind. I am grateful for human connection in person and through social media. However, I’ve been consciously setting boundaries on screen time to make sure I create a healthy balance between enjoying the presence of those around me and enjoying the connections I have made on social media. I’m always looking for balance and making adjustments to my daily habits to work towards optimal wellness. 

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14 responses to “How to detox from social media: Journal Prompts”

  1. singlikewildflowers Avatar

    Mindful Monday is great to keep in mind! I need a social media detox too.

    1. growingthroughsomething Avatar

      It’s so refreshing!

  2. Lawrence Morra Avatar

    Kiki… this is a very important matter to point out. I personally never joined Facebook for this simple truth of how addicting these social media venues can become; further being a drain and waste of one’s precious time. As I see it the majority of users on these platforms need a big Detox and some need much more serious help psychologically speaking. Thank you for the heads-up and concern! 😉 👍 🙏💗

    1. growingthroughsomething Avatar

      So many people use social media for many components in their lives! It is easy to be over consuming which has an immense impact on our overall well-being. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      1. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        Glad to offer what I can to help. To be frank though a majority of people are convinced the digital arena is awesome; I do not think that at all. Contrary to that opinion I’ve observed and learned that this so called information highway has created a log jam or flood of extraneous data in people’s faces continually. Akin to what they used to say about television several decades ago calling it the “boob-tube,” which is exponential in this digital realm and it conditions, manipulates, distorts reality, mesmerizes and even confuses many or let’s say clutters minds with the unessential! As the old adage goes “too much of a good thing,” generally “isn’t good” as it ends up doing harm! And look around to see plainly it does apply here; which to me is like the double edged sword aspect of mankind’s technological advancements, and there is always a trade-off eventually, especially when we put away perhaps the “tried, tested and proven or established ways of many past generations of those often “solid traditional truths!” Only to replace them with something “totally different” perhaps even “radically” so, a new something that has many bells and whistles that tantalize or seduce, and like another old adage states how, “all that glitters is not gold,” so is fake! I think mankind has leaped into a more complicated “Pandora’s Box” leaving behind the “basic simplicity” of just “living and being a simple humble human being,” that “God intended,” and now has ventured into places better left alone! My point is things will only get worse as time marches on, but, there will be a real breaking point; that “straw that breaks the camel’s back,” and it won’t end pretty!

      2. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        So true Kiki, and I’ve even found that I’m better off being off social media more now than previously which was never a lot like some people; but I think for me as little as possible without actually shutting it out completely is fine.
        I never had Facebook and don’t want it, this one venue is useful on a limited basis for me.
        I like that you have a clear perspective and insight about this stuff.
        I had actually just found out in review that this comment from you slipped my attention! Sorry it was totally unintentional and I felt bad about it! Always happy to share with you!
        God bless you friend and sister in Christ.

      3. growingthroughsomething Avatar

        I think social media can be used for good! It’s all about finding a balance which I am learning to do!
        No worries about missing a comment! I apologize for taking so long to respond! Part of finding a balance, I suppose! lol Blessings!

      4. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        That’s Funny what you said there about you taking long to respond being a “finding a balance” too! We are thinking alike here as I don’t mind how long it takes for you to respond, but I’m very glad you did, you’re valuable input matters, but also because I took a sabbatical of sorts from my blogging; very limited involvement now on my end! By choice I decided enough is enough and I like a little about it all here and there, but, not my preoccupation; and most people to be frank are not going to be part of my personal hub anyway, because there is truth to the adage, “spreading one’s self too thin” being not good; “quality not quantity,” as well!

        I understand what you mean Kiki, and I agree but just a bit of clarification is worthy of consideration here. I’ve witnessed as I’m sure you have the excessive use of digital devices and the cyber world altered reality, as to how consuming or destructive it can be in individuals lives. It can so easily become an addiction and a time waster for one, but also a gateway into becoming involved with things and people that aren’t healthy or are even dangerous.

        Looming larger than this personal use danger as I see it is the bigger picture of what the “most nefarious wicked minded” people are doing with this technology right now to orchestrate or manipulate the masses or specific circumstances that have dire consequences for humanity in the geopolitical realm and developing situations. To me this technology has been like the saying, “letting the cat out of the bag,” or a real “Pandora’s Box,” as its now being coupled with AI and also being integrated into many facets of human life or activity taking mankind down a very dark, sinister or destructive slope. We know for example from the hoax or engineered pandemic all this crap popping up about digital I D’s, and say building social credit scores; which is literally taking charge of individuals rights and freedoms like never before possible!

        No I see a very dark side to all this that’s building up, a dystopian mandated very nonhuman centralized control “taking on a life of its own” which is dehumanizing and commoditizing human life; altering it in ways never before possible and far flung from “God’s intention” of what human life should be! But instead more in line with what the Evil One would prefer it become! Like the old expression of “you’re just a number to the corporation or the government” is what I mean, only now on supercharged steroids, creating a situation where individuals are micromanaged into becoming non-human items to be controlled or restricted in every way imaginable; to a point where we can forget about freedom or privacy! And people already with these insane social media have willing laid out most or in some cases even all of their personal information or identity, like a form of worship, for anyone to tap into; and they do it daily adding more photos or details about their personal lives! I see that alone as insane, and what do we imagine the most sinister and powerful can do with so much data from around the planet and the human population!

        What my father told me once as a young fella growing up really takes on a whole different or pronounced meaning in my mind now! “A tool is only as good as the person using it!” I don’t see how many individuals are going to handle all of it well enough and many “just aren’t ready for prime time” as the saying goes or using such a tool that gets them into a place they are not wise enough or privy to enough knowledge and facts to handle the situation properly; as we see too often with many of the youngest or weakest minded individuals running amuck already with even deadly outcomes! Especially when kids are “left to their own devices,” now literally, as it goes; both mentally and physically, like playing with fire or matches and getting into dangerous or mind altering circumstances. Not only poisoning their minds but altering them, taking them away from actual real time physical living and becoming more absorbed into artificiality or inactivity; quite abnormal or unnatural to say the least.

        Well I could go on and on but simply put I see it all as a double edged sword and a very sharp one at that; which is going to have painful and deadly circumstances or outcomes moving forward without a doubt in my mind; far worse than what we’ve already witnessed!

        And I had seen your notifications came in when I was heading off to bed but then during the night woke up thinking about this one I had taken a look at figuring I would respond during the day but my mind got going so I stayed up a bit to at least answer on this matter straightaway and will during the day get to any other pending point you made! I’m off to la, la land again!

        Thank you for the good input and thoughts again!
        God bless you!

      5. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        Hey Kiki, yes we are being serious about the matter, but, check this out! Just what I’ve been ranting about for quite a while just came into my view today! This article from a woman who sees the destructive aspect very well! Let’s see what we can say about her perspective here!

        Exactly what I’ve been saying is coming out in the arena now!

        “Christina Rossini, LifeSite’s Gen Z pro-life and pro-family activist, shares her story”

        “In this ever-changing world of conflicting stories and perspectives, social media stands as a tool capable of helping or hindering with its endless expanse of information,”

        “This information, available at any time, is potentially addictive and, depending on the content being viewed, dangerous. Members of Gen Z find social media to be the best source for news and thus use it for that purpose.”

        “traditional Christian values of the United States are put on the chopping block. It’s clear that the culture war is coming down to Gen Z, a generation profoundly dependent on cell phones for quick escapes from reality, but reality cannot be ignored any longer.”

        “It’s clear that the culture war is coming down to Gen Z, a generation profoundly dependent on cell phones for quick escapes from reality, but reality cannot be ignored any longer.”

        I’ve been sounding this alarm for a while stating in my blog postings at times how people are going insane with social media and spending far too much time on it as well as trusting it as a major part of their life, perspective and actual reality when it’s absolutely the opposite! It’s mostly a waste of time and total bull shit!
        Social Media Poison

        Love to hear what you think!

        God bless!

      6. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        Good to see you’re actually active here ATM too!!!
        The timing thing hit the sweet spot again!
        And there aren’t any coincidences but reasons I do believe! Even Einstein said he didn’t think things are random in existence!

      7. growingthroughsomething Avatar

        Divine synchronicity!

      8. Lawrence Morra Avatar

        I unequivocally agree Sister in Christ Jesus!

  3. bereavedandbeingasingleparent Avatar

    I need this. Too often these platforms are negative and so over indulging. Need to focus on what really matters 🙏🙏

    1. growingthroughsomething Avatar

      It makes such a big difference!

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