you know that Australians are some of the most active social media users in the
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
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
what can you do on the weekend without your social media time?
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
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.
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
Catch Up with Your Friends for a Bite to Eat or Drink
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
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
- Reading a book
- Writing some poetry or a
- 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
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.
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.
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.