You’re probably wondering why I disappeared for a whole month but when you find out the reason behind it, you will be very curious.
I decided to quit social media for a whole month.
I know you’re probably wondering how I was able to do and most importantly why I decided to do it. Don’t worry because I am about to answer all of those questions.
Why I decided to quit social media for a month
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I was tired. I was deeply saddened by all the tragedies happening all around the world. So many things have occurred since the beginning of this year. Most of them were bad. I noticed that all of these things were affecting my mental health so I knew it was time for me to quit. I needed my peace of mind back.
Another reason was that I miss the feeling of being free. That freedom from technology. I wanted to spend less time on my phone and more time socializing, making fun memories and appreciating nature.
How I was able to do it
I decided to do this during the month of Ramadan which happened to be from 24th April- 24th May. In case you don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s when all Muslims around the world abstain from eating from sunrise to sunset.
For the Muslims, it is the best month ever and during the last 10 days of the month, a special day comes which comes with a special night which is better than 1000 years. The night when all your wishes will come true, all your sins will be forgiven and thousands of people are freed from hellfire.
the reason why I chose this time to quit social media was that I realized it will be the perfect time to get closer to God. I wanted to devote as much time as I could to learn more about my religion, worship God, and just be very prayerful.
So one the first day, I deleted my twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because those were the apps I was addicted to the most.
How I felt being away for a whole month
At first, it was really difficult. There were times when I felt like downloading them again but I had to fight that urge.
I missed scrolling through my feeds for hours. I would unknowingly carry my phone to check if I had any new messages but reality will slap me on my face.
Slowly, my screen time reduced. I went from spending an average of 7hrs a day on my phone to an average of 2hrs. Checking my phone all time stopped and started focusing on other more important things.
During this period, I noticed the following:
I became very productive
One thing I finally noticed was that social media consumes a lot of my time daily so when I got rid of them, I noticed that I started using that time to write, revise my college notes, and take good care of myself.
I became happier
Believe it or not, social media makes us depressed sometimes. We find ourselves wishing we had what others had and being sad from all the tragedies that are happening around the world.
Ever since I left for a month, I became happier. My peace of mind was back and I got to realize that I don’t need to compare myself with anyone because I was more than enough. I fell in love with myself more.
I became bolder
If you know me, you will know that I am an extremely shy person. I don’t talk to you unless you talk to me in public. I’m more social online than in public. Ever since I deleted my apps, I didn’t have anyone to talk to online so I had no option but to talk to those around me. Slowly, I started opening up and now I can express my feelings and talk about things that matter to me. I think I finally found my voice.
Staying away for a whole month might seem impossible but I was able to do it. It caused more good than harm and I will do it again.
If you have never done such a thing before, I will highly recommend it, especially when you want to be more productive. One day or day one, you decide.
At the end of Ramadan, I decided to download them all back again so that I will be able to wish my family and friends a happy eid Mubarak.
I have always thought I had a lot of catching up to do but at the end of the day, I realized one simple truth. I didn’t miss a thing.
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