I wanted to give myself a challenge of logging off early every night. I spend a lot of time on social media, as we all do, so making a strict 9pm no social media rule was something that I found myself looking forward to, and getting some no screen chill out relaxation in.
Sunday night was the first night for me, and obviously it was a lot easier than the rest. We had a pretty lazy Sunday so I was all caught up with Twitter and Instagram, and spent the evening reading my book and relaxing, it was heavenly. I had such a great sleep and felt so refreshed when Monday morning rolled around!
Monday was a bit tricker, and after a few hours of no screen time I found myself eager to check Twitter and see what was happening. Although I did think of two new blog posts whilst I was trying to get to sleep, which is always the way with me, thankfully I did remember them when I woke up on Tuesday!
I totally forgot about my challenge, until it got to 8.45pm and I quickly withdrew from scrolling Instagram and Twitter, and headed off to bed with a new book and finishing a jigsaw. I’ve noticed over the past few days I haven’t had any headaches at night, which is something that is usually quite often for me, so I’m thinking that is was definitely screen related!
Oh, Wednesday, it was all going so well. Switched off, watched The Apprentice, read a book. Then I couldn’t fall asleep. This is something I’ve always struggled with, unless I’m 10/10 shattered, it takes me a good hour to fall to sleep. Fast forward to an hour later at 12am and I couldn’t resist a scroll through Twitter. Oops.
Thursday I logged off just before 10pm. I’ve started to feel a lot more detached from the social media apps, I still love using them, but I feel like I use them less for validation and more for fun, which is great news. I never knew I used them for validation, even if only for a teeny amount.
Friday was no problem, and by Saturday I was a bit less restricted with a 9pm log-off as I felt I had achieved what I had wanted to with this little challenge.
What I’ve learnt:
I learnt that actually, I was a lot more reliant on social media than I thought I was, and taking a step back was really lovely and refreshing. I felt much more refreshed on a morning after I haven’t spent the full night scrolling, so it’s definitely something I want to keep up with a few nights a week. I would completely recommend logging off early if sometimes social media feels a bit ‘too much’ for you, and it definitely helped with me having less headaches, that I found interesting.
Do you ever log off early?