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What To Do On A Social Media Free Weekend

by Nick Boylan on Wednesday 29 January 2020

 

Did you know that Australians are some of the most active social media users in the world today?

This year, research from Social Media News showed that 60 per cent of Australians are active users on Facebook, with Instagram having 9 million monthly active Australian users. We check our social media when we wake up, right throughout the day and for most, it’s the last thing we do before we get to sleep.

With so much time spent on our screens, it’s sometimes not a bad idea to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with the physical one. With a social media free weekend, you can feel refreshed after doing the unthinkable and admittedly difficult task of disconnecting from social media. This can help you:

  • Eliminate the FOMO (fear of missing out) feeling
  • Reconnect with the real world
  • Boost your mood
  • Live in the moment
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.

But what can you do on the weekend without your social media time?

If you’re going cold turkey on social media, you’ll want to stay busy and do exciting things to keep you occupied. As you’re getting ready to unplug from your Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, here are some activities that we recommend for a social media free weekend.

Escape Into Another World  

After letting your social networks and friends know you’re having a social media detox over the weekend, it’s time to escape, and one place that provides that is the movies.

There’s something cathartic about going to the movies solo (or with a friend), turning your phone off and getting engrossed in a film. Get yourself set up with your snacks, and become lost in whatever film genre takes your fancy. No matter if you’re a fan of gory horror flicks, a deep and moving drama or a side-splitting comedy, heading to the movies is a great way to keep your social media free weekend going.

Catch Up with Your Friends for a Bite to Eat or Drink 

A great part of having a social media free weekend is reconnecting with your friends over a meal. Quite often when we do catch up with our friends, we might have our phones out on the table and get distracted by Instagram or Facebook notifications.

With our notifications turned off or our social media networks disabled over the weekend, we can do a better job listening to our friends and being present in the moment. There’s nothing worse than missing out on what’s happening at your table, when you’re browsing your social media. During the social media detox, you won’t miss out on a great story or a laugh with your closest mates.

Have Some Quiet Relaxing Time 

Another useful method of resisting the social media urge is to have some quiet time at home or somewhere comfortable, and chill out by:

  • Listening to music
  • Drawing or painting
  • Knitting
  • Reading a book
  • Writing some poetry or a story
  • Meditating with Insight Timer or Headspace.

Any of these quiet activities are helpful for either building some new skills, picking up some information through reading, or just relaxing and being mindful. With some of the constant pressures created and fostered by our social media use, having a quiet part of your weekend can be a huge boost to our mental wellbeing.

Getting Active 

A great way to distract yourself from having no social media access is getting some exercise in a variety of ways. While you’re disconnected from the social media world, it’s great to commit yourself to a big workout in the gym to smash out some reps. Alternatively, with the sun shining, you might be more comfortable working away at some laps in the pool, improving your short game on the golf course or having a hit of tennis.

These are great ways to set some goals for the weekend, or simply just to focus on while you’re having a break from social media. If you’re wanting to get into the gym and spend more time working out your body rather than your thumbs, our Virgin Active team are ready to help.

We provide a wide range of classes to suit your unique health and fitness goals, so come in for a free tour and see how you can become a part of the all-inclusive Virgin Active community. 


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